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  • September 19, 2019

    Devendra Banhart talks with Alison Mosshart (The Kills, The Dead Weather) on the latest episode of Talkhouse Podcast. "It's a great record," says the show of Banhart's new album, Ma, "a fantastic record." You can listen to Banhart and Mosshart's conversation about their latest projects, a shared love of skateboarding, and more here. The new Pitchfork review of Ma says: "Banhart steps fully into these songs with a vitality that recalls his beginnings. ... Puckish and tender, Banhart seems again delighted to be here, too."

  • September 13, 2019

    Devendra Banhart's new album, Ma, is out now. He has also released a new video for his Carole King-inspired album track, “Taking a Page,” filmed by The Bardos during his recent trip to Nepal; you can watch it here. This is "sublimely understated, border-blurring folk rock," the Los Angeles Times says of the album. "There is a truth and authenticity to the songs via their warmth and generosity," says MOJO . "These are vignettes of lived experiences. Groovy and moving, in all the right directions." "Banhart's singular world remains as intoxicating as ever on the earthly, analogue-sounding Ma," says Q. "It feels as if all of human life is 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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Fri, Sep 27
Dana Point, CA
Doheny State Beach
Fri, Sep 27
Dana Point, CA
Doheny State Beach
Tue, Oct 15
Ventura, CA
The Majestic Ventura Theater
Tue, Oct 15
Ventura, CA
The Majestic Ventura Theater
Wed, Oct 16
San Francisco, CA
The Fillmore
Wed, Oct 16
San Francisco, CA
The Fillmore
Fri, Oct 18
Portland, OR
Crystal Ballroom
Fri, Oct 18
Portland, OR
Crystal Ballroom
Sat, Oct 19
Seattle, WA
Moore Theatre
Sat, Oct 19
Seattle, WA
Moore Theatre
Sun, Oct 20
Eugene, OR
WOW Hall
Sun, Oct 20
Eugene, OR
WOW Hall
Tue, Oct 22
Berkeley, CA
The UC Theatre
Tue, Oct 22
Berkeley, CA
The UC Theatre
Thu, Oct 24
Los Angeles, CA
The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Thu, Oct 24
Los Angeles, CA
The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Fri, Oct 25
Santa Ana, CA
The Yost Theater
Fri, Oct 25
Santa Ana, CA
The Yost Theater
Sat, Oct 26
San Diego, CA
Observatory North Park
Sat, Oct 26
San Diego, CA
Observatory North Park
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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

Fri, Sep 27
Dana Point, CA
Doheny State Beach
Fri, Sep 27
Dana Point, CA
Doheny State Beach
Tue, Oct 15
Ventura, CA
The Majestic Ventura Theater
Tue, Oct 15
Ventura, CA
The Majestic Ventura Theater
Wed, Oct 16
San Francisco, CA
The Fillmore
Wed, Oct 16
San Francisco, CA
The Fillmore
Fri, Oct 18
Portland, OR
Crystal Ballroom
Fri, Oct 18
Portland, OR
Crystal Ballroom
Sat, Oct 19
Seattle, WA
Moore Theatre
Sat, Oct 19
Seattle, WA
Moore Theatre
Sun, Oct 20
Eugene, OR
WOW Hall
Sun, Oct 20
Eugene, OR
WOW Hall
Tue, Oct 22
Berkeley, CA
The UC Theatre
Tue, Oct 22
Berkeley, CA
The UC Theatre
Thu, Oct 24
Los Angeles, CA
The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Thu, Oct 24
Los Angeles, CA
The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Fri, Oct 25
Santa Ana, CA
The Yost Theater
Fri, Oct 25
Santa Ana, CA
The Yost Theater
Sat, Oct 26
San Diego, CA
Observatory North Park
Sat, Oct 26
San Diego, CA
Observatory North Park
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