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Alternative & Indie - Released September 13, 2019 | Nonesuch

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The tenth studio album from Devendra Banhart is a poetic paradox; joy and pain, light and dark, both metaphysical but grounded. All these contradictions come together and result in an album somewhere between the light-heartedness of Kings Of Convenience and the doom and gloom of The Velvet Underground. As usual, the Venezuelan-American has mastered a wide range of styles (bossa-nova, soft rock, chamber folk, dream pop) and shows off his linguistic abilities (singing in english and spanish) in dream-like musings of motherhood, death, friendship and the meaning of life. He has swapped the minimalism of his previous album Ape in Pink Marble (2016) for a more sophisticated style, notably in the duet with the great Vashti Bunyan in Will I See You Tonight. The coming together of this folk matriarch with her spiritual son is what makes the title of the album so meaningful; Ma not only reveals the talented crooner’s most intimate musings but is an elegant and graceful celebration of filial love. © Alexis Renaudat/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released March 8, 2013 | Nonesuch

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 11, 2013 | Nonesuch

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 13, 2021 | Dead Oceans

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 12, 2005 | XL Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 24, 2004 | XL Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 23, 2016 | Nonesuch

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 24, 2020 | Nonesuch

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 24, 2007 | XL Recordings

In the early days of Devendra Banhart's career, his ghostly voice singing down the phone and captured on four track was more than enough to lend the eerie mysticism required for his nonsensical material (of course, it didn't hurt that his voice was bewitching no matter the lyrical content). As he gradually acquired confederates and the ability to record in studios, the clear problem was going to be retaining that same ghostly personality that made his early recordings so special. Decamped to a woodsy compound nestled in Topanga Canyon, and an enterprising home studio built within, manned by early champion Noah Georgeson, Banhart has weathered the storm of accessibility very well. Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon is many things -- perhaps too many things, but its successes outnumber its failures, and it essentially solves the problems inherent in confining a free-form singer to time signatures and arrangements and rhythms imposed by outsiders. It's also a success in that it finds him more comfortable within those confines than 2005's Cripple Crow, his first full-band record. Of the many things Smokey Rolls is, first of all it's his White Album, as he marshals his many influences into a mural of closely drawn portraits, whether it's Victor Jara on the opener, "Cristobal," Gilberto Gil on the deep polyrhythms of "Samba Vexillographica," Jewish wedding music and Borscht Belt comedy in equal measure on "Shabop Shalom," or, in the oddest combination, Dave Brubeck and Grand Funk (separately, not together) on the eight-minute "Sea Horse" (with backing vocals from another influence, the winsome Vashti Bunyan). The album is also his Blue -- Joni Mitchell's Blue, that is -- with several songs dedicated to the destruction of a relationship, with poignant lyrics ("Mama, I ain't waiting but I'm still holdin on"). As an aside, given the cast of "bearded bums" present, Smokey Rolls is also his Absolutely Free and, given his representation by Neil Young manager Elliot Roberts, it must be his After the Gold Rush. Certainly, his surreal life continues to yield more material -- consider the inspiration of becoming lost with friends in the Orinoco basin until a stork lands and immediately leads them far into the jungle to a tribe of yopo-snorters ("Tonada Yanomaminista"). And, amid the trippy songs and confessional singer/songwriter material, there's yet more evidence of Banhart's continuing musical idiosyncrasies: "Saved," which comes complete with a gospel choir, has the production mark of the late '70s (but not in a good way), while "Lover" is a surprisingly funky fusion of soul and pop, like Jackson 5 with a backing group of Archie Bell & the Drells plus the Manson Family on vocals. Continually beguiling and fascinating, even as he leaves his four-track days farther behind, it's clear that Devendra Banhart has much more ground to plow. © John Bush /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 27, 2004 | XL Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 1, 2019 | Nonesuch

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 23, 2021 | Dead Oceans

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Rock - Released October 23, 2009 | Warner Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 28, 2002 | Young God Records

The first thing that strikes you about Devendra Banhart is his utterly unique and soft voice, which seems a mix of Nick Drake and Marc Bolan. "Roots (If the Sky Were a Stone)" is a perfect example of this, as Banhart uses his vocals and an acoustic guitar to get his brief yet often memorable points across. Originally recorded on shoddy and broken four-track recorders, the songs have a definitive roughness and audible hiss on nearly all of them, giving them a certain authenticity rarely found. Cars can be heard driving past in "The Charles C. Leary," but that performance is only one of the many highlights here. A number of the tracks are less than or just over one minute in length, often stream-of-conscious poetry put to music. The fragility heard in "Nice People" resembles Victoria Williams but evolves into a Syd Barrett song structure, speaking of "wide ass suits and lion tattoos." Barrett can be discerned throughout the record, especially during "Gentle Soul." "Cosmos and Demos" lends itself more toward Pink Floyd performing something from Echoes, perhaps the acoustic-oriented "Fearless." Lyrically the songs are quite odd and occasionally nonsensical, particularly "Michigan State." Here Banhart speaks of a friend who has his favorite teeth and ears. Perhaps comparisons could be drawn to Hawksley Workman and Hayden to a lesser extent, but Banhart makes both artists sound bland in comparison. "Lend Me Your Teeth" is the most mainstream-structured arrangement, with Banhart showing a bit more intensity. The standout track would have to be "Miss Cain," which has a pretty harmony vocal to it as Banhart picks his guitar in a rather intricate fashion. "Soon Is Good" is the most promising track, but the sound levels tend to fluctuate from verse to verse. An almost ethereal and angelic performance compensates for its shortcomings, though. A lot of the songs appear to be not fully realized, but perhaps that's the beauty of them. When tracks like "Pumpkin Seeds" are entirely flushed out, it's pure magic as the acoustic folk angle is played out to near perfection. "Legless Love" has a handclap tempo to it that resembles a flamenco style as Banhart describes burying songs in snails. Throughout the record, Banhart is never guilty of being artistic just for the sake of being artistic. Each track rings true and can't be deemed contrived. "Donal and Colter" is the most up-tempo song, but even then it's still mid-tempo at best. © Jason MacNeil /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 23, 2016 | Nonesuch

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 20, 2021 | Dead Oceans

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 3, 2020 | Nonesuch

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 16, 2020 | Nonesuch

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 16, 2020 | Nonesuch

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