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  • Devendra Banhart will release a four-song EP, Vast Ovoid, as a limited-edition 12” colored vinyl 45 on July 24, 2020. “Let’s See,” the second track from Vast Ovoid, is available today; another EP track, a remix of Banhart’s “Love Song” by Helado Negro, was released in January. The EP is a follow-up to Banhart’s latest studio album, Ma, which was released to critical acclaim in 2019. “This EP was born during the Ma recording sessions, three songs that didn’t quite fit in with Ma’s theme of maternity," Banhart says. "Ultimately all three songs are about the difference between disappointment and disillusion … Bigger difference than I realized ..."

  • Devendra Banhart curated a series of workshops for children titled Imaginary Universes, for Fondazione Prada's Accademia dei bambini in Milan in 2018. Now, the foundation has made the first workshop, "The Astonishing Adventures of a Celestial Archaeologist," available online as a resource for parents, teachers, and caregivers. It is part of the foundation's Accademia Aperta initiative to share materials during its temporary closure and the wider coronavirus quarantine. You can watch it here, along with the animated film shown at the workshop set to Banhart's song "Celebration."

  • About This Album

    Devendra Banhart will release a four-song EP, Vast Ovoid, as a limited-edition 12” colored vinyl 45 on July 24, 2020. Pre-order the vinyl to download the tracks “Let’s See" and “Love Song (Helado Negro Remix)” now. The EP is a follow-up to Banhart’s latest studio album, Ma, which was released to critical acclaim in September 2019 and includes the original version of "Love Song."

    Banhart says:

    “This EP was born during the Ma recording sessions, three songs that didn’t quite fit in with Ma’s theme of maternity …

    Ultimately all three songs are about the difference between disappointment and disillusion …

    Bigger difference than I realized ...

    Lots more freedom in disillusion, lots more breathing space ...

    something is echoing out each day

    between our distant bodies …

    uncertainty has always been there, hasn’t it?

    It’s scary …

    But all the seeds for real change are actually starting to grow …

    Onward we go ... tend to the garden tend to the garden

    Keep your guard up

    Keep your screws loose

    Keep looking out for others

    Keep checking in with your body

    Keep returning to your breath

    Tend to the garden.”

    Ma, full of tender, autobiographical vignettes, displays a shift from the sonic experimentation of Banhart’s previous albums to an intricate, captivating story-telling and emotional intimacy. Banhart favors organic sounds to accompany his voice and guitar, the arrangements bolstered by strings, woodwinds, brass, and keyboards. He sings in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

    Uncut says, “Ma’s thesis is quietly revolutionary, celebrating the nurturing quality of female instinct. Banhart’s most focussed work to date,” while Pitchfork calls it “his best and most cohesive statement in more than a decade.”

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Devendra Banhart, guitar, vocals, keyboards, synth, xylophone
    Tim Presley, guitar, vocals
    Jeremy Harris, drums, bass, flute, keyboards
    Noah Georgeson, electric guitar, synth, backing vocals
    Josh Adams, drums, percussion
    Tyler Cash, pianet
    Danny Bensi, strings
    Jordan Katz, horns, flugelhorn, trumpet
    Greg Rogove, drums
    Todd Dahlhoff, bass
    Rodrigo Amarante, electric guitar
    David Ralicke, flutes
    Andy Cabic, backing vocals
    Roberto Carlos Lange, synths

     

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced and mixed by Noah Georgeson
    Mastered by Philip Shaw Bova
    Engineered by Noah Georgeson, Jeremy Harris, and Roberto Carlos Lange
    Recorded April 2018–Feb 2019 at 64 Sound in Los Angeles, CA, Anderson Canyon in Big Sur, CA, Seahorse Studios in Los Angeles, CA, and Panoramic House in West Marin, CA

    Painting by Devendra Banhart
    Design and layout by Christine Im and Osk Studio

    All music and lyrics by Devendra Banhart except for “Love Song (Helado Negro Remix)” by Banhart and Roberto Carlos Lange

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on March 19, 2020 - 6:00pm
Release Date: 
Friday, July 24, 2020 (All day)
DescriptionExcerpt: 

Devendra Banhart's four-song EP Vast Ovoid follows his 2019 studio album, Ma, about which Q says: "Banhart’s singular world remains as intoxicating as ever, as if all human life is here.” The EP, available in a limited-edition 12” white vinyl 45, includes "Let's See" and the Helado Negro remix of the Ma song "Love Song" both available digitally now, as well as "It's Not Always Funny" and "Vast Ovoid." "This EP was born during the Ma recording sessions, songs that didn’t quite fit in with Ma’s theme of maternity," Banhart says. "Ultimately all the songs are about the difference between disappointment and disillusion … Bigger difference than I realized ..."

Description: 

Devendra Banhart will release a four-song EP, Vast Ovoid, as a limited-edition 12” colored vinyl 45 on July 24, 2020. Pre-order the vinyl to download the tracks “Let’s See" and “Love Song (Helado Negro Remix)” now. The EP is a follow-up to Banhart’s latest studio album, Ma, which was released to critical acclaim in September 2019 and includes the original version of "Love Song."

Banhart says:

“This EP was born during the Ma recording sessions, three songs that didn’t quite fit in with Ma’s theme of maternity …

Ultimately all three songs are about the difference between disappointment and disillusion …

Bigger difference than I realized ...

Lots more freedom in disillusion, lots more breathing space ...

something is echoing out each day

between our distant bodies …

uncertainty has always been there, hasn’t it?

It’s scary …

But all the seeds for real change are actually starting to grow …

Onward we go ... tend to the garden tend to the garden

Keep your guard up

Keep your screws loose

Keep looking out for others

Keep checking in with your body

Keep returning to your breath

Tend to the garden.”

Ma, full of tender, autobiographical vignettes, displays a shift from the sonic experimentation of Banhart’s previous albums to an intricate, captivating story-telling and emotional intimacy. Banhart favors organic sounds to accompany his voice and guitar, the arrangements bolstered by strings, woodwinds, brass, and keyboards. He sings in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Uncut says, “Ma’s thesis is quietly revolutionary, celebrating the nurturing quality of female instinct. Banhart’s most focussed work to date,” while Pitchfork calls it “his best and most cohesive statement in more than a decade.”

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced and mixed by Noah Georgeson
Mastered by Philip Shaw Bova
Engineered by Noah Georgeson, Jeremy Harris, and Roberto Carlos Lange
Recorded April 2018–Feb 2019 at 64 Sound in Los Angeles, CA, Anderson Canyon in Big Sur, CA, Seahorse Studios in Los Angeles, CA, and Panoramic House in West Marin, CA

Painting by Devendra Banhart
Design and layout by Christine Im and Osk Studio

All music and lyrics by Devendra Banhart except for “Love Song (Helado Negro Remix)” by Banhart and Roberto Carlos Lange

Cover Art: 
ns_album_releasedate: 
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 18:00
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
Label: 
Limited-Edition 12" White Vinyl + MP3
UPC: 
075597920796
Price: 
13.00
Label: 
FLAC
UPC: 
075597920895
Label: 
MP3
UPC: 
075597920901
Artist Name: 
Devendra Banhart
MusicianDetails: 

MUSICIANS
Devendra Banhart, guitar, vocals, keyboards, synth, xylophone
Tim Presley, guitar, vocals
Jeremy Harris, drums, bass, flute, keyboards
Noah Georgeson, electric guitar, synth, backing vocals
Josh Adams, drums, percussion
Tyler Cash, pianet
Danny Bensi, strings
Jordan Katz, horns, flugelhorn, trumpet
Greg Rogove, drums
Todd Dahlhoff, bass
Rodrigo Amarante, electric guitar
David Ralicke, flutes
Andy Cabic, backing vocals
Roberto Carlos Lange, synths

 

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