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August 3rd, 2007

DevendraBanhart.com launch includes 2 new songs, new drawings, and music video

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Devendra Banhart has launched his personal website (DevendraBanhart.com) today and with it comes a plethora of new material from him. Two new songs “Seahorse” and “So long old bean” are streaming over there now; both of which have their lyrics handwritten on a separate page. Seahorse seems to bounce around in the beginning between both the Van and Jim Morrison realm before breaking out in the end to a full blown Devendra jam. Me gusta mucho. I can only assume that this is one of the songs Devendra penned while he was out on a boat traveling to Catalina. The songs maritime chorus, “I want to be a little seahorse,” evokes the feeling of a contemplative and lost fisherman out at sea, with the vocals welling up in all directions before eventually crashing inwards towards his boat in a sea of electric waves. The second song, “So long old bean” sees Devendra tapping into Roy Orbisons alien vocal stylings and the Who’s “We’ll soon be home” bridge of A Quick One/While he’s away where the percussion is turned into the clip-clop of a horse against the backdrop of the desert. While Devendra can sometimes wear his influences on his sleeve, he always makes the songs his own. Never merely drawing from a single era for inspiration and always adding his own unique flourishes, his final compositions never sound pastiche or god forbid retro. I think this comes out of his being influenced by the artists that influenced the artists of the 60’s, rather than just the first step so many artists fall into. When Devendra said he never listened to early Marc Bolan before he started playing, he very well may have been speaking the truth… there’s plenty of vibrato heavy blues singers who predate and (gasp) influenced Bolan himself. Know your history and it will show, Devendra certainly exemplifies this and I think it’s what gives his music that original and timeless sound. All I know is that there’s very few if any other artists out there right now who could sing “I want to be a little seahorse” and so thoroughly convince me that I would like to be one as well. The entire website features new artwork by Devendra Banhart throughout and also now includes an unofficial video for the new song “Seahorse,” which is more of a “behind-the-scenes peek into the recording of “Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon,” Devendra, his band, and Topanga where the album was made” than a final video. Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon September 25th on XL.

Seahorse video on youtube(Keep an eye out for an appearance by a one Gael García, whom Devendra sings a duet with on the album):

Full line up of the Family appearing on Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon:

Devendra: vocals, guitars, piano, cuatro, ukelele, percussion, shruti box, psaltery,

noah: guitars, vocals, bass, organ, piano, wurlitzer, percussion, charango, bandoura, shruti box.

Rodrigo Amarante: guitars, vocals, percussion, shruti box, melodica, bass.

Luckey Remington: bass, acoustic guitar, percussion, vocals.

Pete Newsom: Piano, Wurlitzer, percussion, drum kit, vocals.

Greg Rogove: Drum kit, percussion, duck call, vocals.

Andy Cabic: Vocals, acoustic guitar.

Vashti Bunyan: Vocals on ‘Seahorse’, and ‘Loneliness’.

Linda Perhacs: Vocals on ‘Freely’

Matteah Baim: vocals on ‘Loneliness’

Maxine Waters, Julie Waters, Monalisa: Backing Vocals on Saved:

Horns: you got dis already

Nathan Pelkey: Kalimba, insect vocals.

Benjamin Goodman: Drum kit, percussion

Boat provided by: Beau Raymond

AND special guests

Strings performed by The Section Quartet:
Eric
Gorfain, violin
Daphne Chen, violin
Leah Katz, viola
Richard Dodd, cello

8 Comments »

  1. Gael Garcia Bernal is now part of Devendra’s crew!?!

    Comment by Dr. Monsoon — August 3, 2007 @ 11:13 pm
  2. I can’t wait for the new cd.
    The direct links to the audo files:
    http://devendrabanhart.com/audio/seahorse.mp3
    http://devendrabanhart.com/audio/solongoldbean.mp3

    Comment by michael — August 3, 2007 @ 11:38 pm
  3. […] diese “langhaarigen hippies” da geschaffen haben. Besonders groß ist die Begeisterung darüber, dass anscheinend auch der mexikanische Schauspieler Gael García Bernal mit von der Partie ist. So […]

  4. I wish the whole album was like the last five seconds of the video, damn

    Comment by Jack — August 4, 2007 @ 3:27 pm
  5. Oh my God.

    :O

    Devendra ALWAYS surprising…

    Comment by Raissa — August 7, 2007 @ 3:33 am
  6. New stuff….so long old bean and seahorse….absolutely fab! Haven’t looked forward to new record so much in years (prob decades). Love the artwork and sleeve etc too….WOW

    Comment by John L — August 7, 2007 @ 8:26 pm
  7. Did you see how his site links to this page? Pretty sharp, Naturalismo!

    Comment by george washington carver — August 9, 2007 @ 4:41 am
  8. Genuinely no matter if someone doesn’t understand then its up to other viewers that they will help, so here it happens.

    Comment by sif.net — July 18, 2013 @ 1:23 am

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