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  • November 14, 2019

    Devendra Banhart stopped by KUTX, 98.9 FM, in Austin for an intimate in-studio session following his performance at Levitation Festival late last week. He performed three songs from his new album, Ma—"Is This Nice," "Carolina," and "Taking a Page"—which you can watch here. 

  • October 18, 2019

    Devendra Banhart is on Jenny Eliscu's LSQ podcast. His new album, Ma, is "awesome," says Eliscu, "his best album in a minute, kind of a return to form and a reminder of all of the heart and soul in his music." Of their conversation, she says: "It was great to get to talk with my dear old friend about stuff we've never gotten to before. You don't always get to ask your friends such nerdy questions as I do in this convo ... I was so curious to know about how this incredibly interesting and unique artist ended up sounding the way he does." Hear what he had to say here.

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  • Devendra Banhart's new album, Ma, ws released on September 13, 2019, on Nonesuch Records. This is Banhart's first album since 2016's Ape in Pink Marble. Ma, bursting with tender, autobiographical vignettes, displays a shift from the sonic experimentation of his 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. 

    The simply titled Ma is Devendra Banhart's third album for Nonesuch, one that addresses—often in a beguilingly oblique way—the unconditional nature of maternal love, the desire to nurture, the passing down of wisdom, the longing to establish the relationship of mother to child, and the consequences of that bond being broken. Banhart doesn't approach the album's maternal theme in a literal way; rather, by contemplating it, alluding to it, regarding the concept of motherhood from different angles, he has fashioned an album of multiple, intertwining narratives. Its concerns are both personal and global, with subtly autobiographical looks at life and death and ruminations about the precarious state of the world. The many lighthearted moments of Ma are balanced by deeply melancholic, even somber ones. Three tracks are in Spanish, the language that is as much Banhart's native tongue as English, and one in Portuguese.

    Banhart, who spent his childhood in Venezuela, has been profoundly affected by the poverty and despair he's witnessed there. His concern over the dire situation in his motherland drew him back to the Spanish language: "My brother is in Venezuela, my cousins, my aunts and uncles. They are just holding their breath, in gridlock standstill.There's this helplessness. This place that has been a mother to you, that you're a mother to as well, and it's suffering so much. There is nothing you can do but send out love and remain in that sorrowful state."

    Working with Grammy Award–winning producer-musician and longtime musical compadre Noah Georgeson, the two started this particular musical journey when they were invited to record in a special room at a venerable old temple in Kyoto, after a short Asian tour. That served as a musical and spiritual prelude to what was to come. Back in California, they recorded at 64 Sound and Sea Horse Studios in Los Angeles and Anderson Canyon in Big Sur. Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon contributes background vocals on "Now All Gone" and Banhart's mentor, muse, and dear friend, the folk legend Vashti Bunyan, duets with him on "Will I See You Tonight." Notes Banhart, "Vashti is the archetype of the mother, one of the most important people in my life. It was so beautiful to sing this duet with her."

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Sat, Nov 23
León
Autodromo de León
Sat, Nov 23
León
Autodromo de León
Mon, Nov 25
Mexico City
El Plaza Condesa
Mon, Nov 25
Mexico City
El Plaza Condesa
Sat, Nov 30
Detroit, MI
Museum of Contemporary Art
Sat, Nov 30
Detroit, MI
Museum of Contemporary Art
Sun, Dec 1
Toronto, ON
Danforth Music Hall
Sun, Dec 1
Toronto, ON
Danforth Music Hall
Tue, Dec 3
Montreal, QC
The Olympia
Tue, Dec 3
Montreal, QC
The Olympia
Wed, Dec 4
Boston, MA
The Wilbur
Wed, Dec 4
Boston, MA
The Wilbur
Thu, Dec 5
Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Steel
Thu, Dec 5
Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Steel
Sat, Dec 7
Washington, DC
9:30 Club
Sat, Dec 7
Washington, DC
9:30 Club
Sun, Dec 8
Philadelphia, PA
Union Transfer
Sun, Dec 8
Philadelphia, PA
Union Transfer
Tue, Jan 21
Warsaw
Palladium
Tue, Jan 21
Warsaw
Palladium
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Devendra Banhart's album Ma bursts with tender, autobiographical vignettes, displaying a shift from the sonic experimentation of his previous albums to an intricate, captivating story-telling and emotional intimacy. The album was co-produced with his longtime musical compadre Noah Georgeson and includes a background vocal from Cate Le Bon and a duet with Banhart's mentor, muse, and dear friend Vashti Bunyan.

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Devendra Banhart's new album, Ma, ws released on September 13, 2019, on Nonesuch Records. This is Banhart's first album since 2016's Ape in Pink Marble. Ma, bursting with tender, autobiographical vignettes, displays a shift from the sonic experimentation of his 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. 

The simply titled Ma is Devendra Banhart's third album for Nonesuch, one that addresses—often in a beguilingly oblique way—the unconditional nature of maternal love, the desire to nurture, the passing down of wisdom, the longing to establish the relationship of mother to child, and the consequences of that bond being broken. Banhart doesn't approach the album's maternal theme in a literal way; rather, by contemplating it, alluding to it, regarding the concept of motherhood from different angles, he has fashioned an album of multiple, intertwining narratives. Its concerns are both personal and global, with subtly autobiographical looks at life and death and ruminations about the precarious state of the world. The many lighthearted moments of Ma are balanced by deeply melancholic, even somber ones. Three tracks are in Spanish, the language that is as much Banhart's native tongue as English, and one in Portuguese.

Banhart, who spent his childhood in Venezuela, has been profoundly affected by the poverty and despair he's witnessed there. His concern over the dire situation in his motherland drew him back to the Spanish language: "My brother is in Venezuela, my cousins, my aunts and uncles. They are just holding their breath, in gridlock standstill.There's this helplessness. This place that has been a mother to you, that you're a mother to as well, and it's suffering so much. There is nothing you can do but send out love and remain in that sorrowful state."

Working with Grammy Award–winning producer-musician and longtime musical compadre Noah Georgeson, the two started this particular musical journey when they were invited to record in a special room at a venerable old temple in Kyoto, after a short Asian tour. That served as a musical and spiritual prelude to what was to come. Back in California, they recorded at 64 Sound and Sea Horse Studios in Los Angeles and Anderson Canyon in Big Sur. Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon contributes background vocals on "Now All Gone" and Banhart's mentor, muse, and dear friend, the folk legend Vashti Bunyan, duets with him on "Will I See You Tonight." Notes Banhart, "Vashti is the archetype of the mother, one of the most important people in my life. It was so beautiful to sing this duet with her."

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Tour

Sat, Nov 23
León
Autodromo de León
Sat, Nov 23
León
Autodromo de León
Mon, Nov 25
Mexico City
El Plaza Condesa
Mon, Nov 25
Mexico City
El Plaza Condesa
Sat, Nov 30
Detroit, MI
Museum of Contemporary Art
Sat, Nov 30
Detroit, MI
Museum of Contemporary Art
Sun, Dec 1
Toronto, ON
Danforth Music Hall
Sun, Dec 1
Toronto, ON
Danforth Music Hall
Tue, Dec 3
Montreal, QC
The Olympia
Tue, Dec 3
Montreal, QC
The Olympia
Wed, Dec 4
Boston, MA
The Wilbur
Wed, Dec 4
Boston, MA
The Wilbur
Thu, Dec 5
Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Steel
Thu, Dec 5
Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Steel
Sat, Dec 7
Washington, DC
9:30 Club
Sat, Dec 7
Washington, DC
9:30 Club
Sun, Dec 8
Philadelphia, PA
Union Transfer
Sun, Dec 8
Philadelphia, PA
Union Transfer
Tue, Jan 21
Warsaw
Palladium
Tue, Jan 21
Warsaw
Palladium
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