~DEVENDRA BANHART resurfaces ..
DEDICATED TO: SIMON CERIGO, MUSIC MAVEN WAY BEYOND THE CROWD, AND NOW .. WAY BEYOND THE BEYOND.
and, YEAH .. PLAY IT LOUD !!
the WALL STREET JOURNAL . . . just posted a sweet interview with DEVENDRA.
subtitled: ‘Devendra Banhart Returns With a New Record’ . . .
it’s very interesting, with lots of good info.
apparently Devendra, with make-over .. and looking good, I mean who wants to be labelled a Hairy Fairy folk freak forever, esp when you are just 31 (?!!) . . . has returned to New York City from the West Coast, and no not LA, San Francisco.
turns out he has finally found his balance, after that mad NATALIE PORTMAN thing, and is seeing, make that .. is engaged to, seriously .. “the photographer and furniture designer ANA KRAS.”
the new album is titled: ‘MALA’ and is put out by Devendra’s new label: NONESUCH, and damn . . . if it doesn’t look and feel like a .. winner !!
rhythm, and back beat .. is everything. esp when you’ve already got a lock on the melody, brains & lyrics.
ok. first thing I wanna say, is also DAMN .. doesn’t that cover art look just the twin sister to the FRENCH KICKS ALBUM .. SWIMMING – which we just feature posted ?!!!
see: FRENCH KICKS, ‘SAID SO WHAT’, SWIMMING
SIMON REVIEWED DEVENDRA BANHART’S early album, CRIPPLE CROW … for artloversnewyork in DEC 2005.
SIMON didn’t say a lot .. but what he did say was point perfect.
it was his 4th music review for this site.
he sure could call ’em.
BROOKLYN HIPSTERS .. KEEP YOUR PAWS – OFF THE PIX. more on that later.
HEY SIMON, you ghost. and look at that .. you are the new ‘it’ KEYWORD. so chic after all.
so, what’s the music like up there, I mean it is .. up there, right ?
as opposed to you know, Simon loved DANTE !!
what ? cloudy, stormy, freaky ? serene ?
one big jam that never stops ? I believe it.
after I read the WALL STREET JOURNAL interview at 6 this morning, I promptly fell back asleep, and there I was .. transported through time, reality (?) at a DEVENDRA BANHART gig, at some smokey funky ghostly venue. and they, the band !! were all .. turning me onto some real funky psychedelic weed !!
but .. of course. you gotta walk like an Egyptian. afterlife, dudes, tell me about it.
just not the same dimension, is all.