*Photo by Lauren Dukoff
Devendra Banhart has announced that the title for his upcoming fifth studio album will be Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon. Produced by Devendra Banhart and Noah Georgeson, Smokey features a rotating assembly of Devendra’s friends and neighbors including:
Andy Cabic on vocals and guitar.
Pete Newsom (Yes, that’s Joanna Newsom’s brother) on piano , Keyboard and singing.
Luckey Remmington on Bass, guitar, singing, water drum, and freedom chime.
Greg Rogove on drums, Tablas, singing, geese and duck calls, pots and Pans, mop stomp.
Noah Georgeson on Zither, Guitar, singing, Organ, bass, and some other thangs.
Rodrigo Amarante “from the amazing Brasilian band Los Hermanos on guitar, singing, and the best vibes this side of the Orinoco!”
Even Devendra Banhart makes an appearance on it; where you’ll find him singing, playing guitar, piano, Cuatro and psaltery.
and many more!
Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon on September 25th and put out by XL records. The album will feature 16 songs in all. Some of the track names include: “Cristobal, “So Long Old Bean”, “Samba Vexillographica” and “Seahorse.” As for what to expect on the album, Devendra had the following to say in a correspondence I had with him last month:
“As for the new songs, he said to expect lots of surprises and that being where they are recording has allowed for some interesting friends to come in and add to it all. While saying that many of the songs are very direct lyrically, he also mentioned that his Spanish songs in particular were, from what I gathered, increasingly expanding the ideas of a universal spirituality beyond what he ever had written before in the language. I think what he was getting at was the interconnectedness of man, animal and his surroundings. There’s also a song that is sung in Portuguese. Keeping true to his mentioning last year of recording parts of the album on a boat, several of the songs were recorded on a sailboat on the way to Catalina. Finally, he told me one thing he’s certain of, “i will say , its more……. musical!””
Well there you go! Not sure sure what the first single will be yet, but in the meantime you can buy tickets for what is likely to be a sellout tour here.
*Sorry for any confusion, I sent Laura what happened. I got sent some photos on myspace, didn’t know I couldn’t use them.