DEVANDRA BANHART’S new CD, CRIPPLE CROW, is a musical celebration
underlining this Pied Piper’s neo-folk and ethnic influences. In the last couple
of years, Devendra has gone from an obscure folk singer to a celebrated advocate
of alternative-folk by promoting and playing with JOANNA NEWSOM, ANTONY
AND THE JOHNSONS and VASHTI BUNYAN. This troubadour, who started
out with only an acoustic guitar and insightful and poetic lyrics, has greatly
expanded his musical and vocal presentation.
CRIPPLE CROW is a beautiful testament to his musical and spiritual evolution.
The gems on this CD include: QUEENBEE, I FEEL JUST LIKE A CHILD,
DRAGONFLYS, CHINESE CHILDREN, LONG HAIRED CHILD and
KOREAN DOGWOOD. The whole CD is just a joy to listen to.
The mystical cover is a great contemporary South American take on the
famous Beatles album cover – Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
4 of the songs have Spanish lyrics, and reflect Devendra’s Venezulean
childhood musical influences.
above images from the CRIPPLE CROW CD cover ‘booklet’, artwork and
calligraphy by Devendra Banhart
DEVENDRA BANHART CRIPPLE CROW, 2005 XL Recordings Ltd.
Above Photos: Devendra Banhart, and his tour band Hairy Fairy at the CRIPPLE CROW CD launch,
VIRGIN MEGASTORE, UNION SQUARE, NYC, Sept 13, 2005
Photos by: Nancy Smith
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