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 the Helado Negro remix of the Ma song "Love Song" and 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 released a four-song EP, Vast Ovoid, as a limited-edition 12” colored vinyl 45 on Nonesuch 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."
“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.”
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
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