Devendra Banhart's "Mala" Streaming in Full As NPR First Listen; Banhart Announces European Tour Dates
Devendra Banhart's Nonesuch Records debut album, Mala, is due out next week. But you don’t need to wait till then to hear it. The album is streaming in full all this week as an NPR First Listen at npr.org/music. Mala is available to pre-order on CD and vinyl in the Nonesuch Store, where orders include an instant download of the track "Für Hildegard von Bingen," a limited-edition, autographed print, and a download of the complete album available starting release day. The Mala LP is pressed on 140-gram vinyl and includes the album on CD, an additional 7” with two bonus tracks, and an exclusive poster.
To coincide with the release of the new album, Devendra Banhart will tour Europe this summer, including three UK dates: in Brighton (The Old Market, June 28), Manchester (The Ritz, July 17), and London (Barbican, July 18). And it has just been announced that Banhart will perform at the Open'er Festival in Poland in July. The tour also includes the previously announced show at Le Trianon in Paris on July 13 and dates to be announced in Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, and Holland. Tickets for the UK and Paris shows are on sale now. For additional details and ticket links, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.
Devendra Banhart co-produced Mala with his longtime bandmate, guitarist Noah Georgeson. Describing it as a "career-best," Q wrote, "This is a beautiful album that counterpoints Banhart’s boundless and surreal imagination against a newly-discovered depth and sincerity."
Banhart recently discussed the new album with Pitchfork in a feature interview that touches on the challenges of writing an optimistic love song and the influence of Kronos Quartet on his song about a medieval saint. Read the interview at pitchfork.com.
Mala, Banhart’s eighth studio album, was recorded in his then-home in Los Angeles. (He now resides in New York City.) Banhart’s previous release, 2009’s What Will We Be, received critical acclaim, with Rolling Stone calling it "the best he’s ever made." The Los Angeles Times said the record "found him making comfortable, laid-back folk that didn’t sound like a compromise—more like an artist growing into his own."