Listen to Devendra Banhart's New Song "Never Seen Such Good Things," Off His Forthcoming Album, "Mala"
Devendra Banhart, whose new album, Mala, is due out on Nonesuch Records on March 12, has unveiled a second track off the album. "Never Seen Such Good Things" premiered on NME earlier today and can now be heard below via Banhart's YouTube channel. "It's a gentle, dreamy, guitar-driven ballad with military-style drums," says NME's Lucy Jones. "'Love, you're a strange fella,' sings Banhart, above dreamy backing vocals and synth effects. Very pretty indeed." Hear it for yourself below.
Today's news follows the premiere of another album track, "Für Hildegard von Bingen," earlier this month on Pitchfork. That song—which you can also hear on YouTube—is available as an instant download with pre-orders of Mala on CD and vinyl in the Nonesuch Store. Pre-orders also include 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.
Mala, Banhart’s eighth studio album and his Nonesuch debut, was recorded in his then-home in Los Angeles. He and his longtime bandmate, guitarist Noah Georgeson, played most of the instruments themselves, using borrowed equipment and a vintage Tascam recorder they’d found in a pawn shop. “A lot of early hip-hop had been made on [the Tascam],” says Banhart. “And knowing my songs are not hip-hop whatsoever, we thought it would be interesting to see how these kinds of songs would sound on equipment that was used to record our favorite rap. Let’s see how this technology would work for us.” It was a new approach for the pair. “In the past we were more like, let’s use the oldest equipment we could find.”
Listen to "Never Seen Such Good Things" here: