It’s telling that my favorite Devendra track is “Seahorse” off 2007’s Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon. At once a dusky Topanga folk jam, a Doors-style rave up and inspired psych workout, the song is a distant cry from Banhart’s early catalog on Michael Gira’s Young God Records. Most impressive is that throughout its ramshackle 8+ minutes it all manages to work without sliding off the rails.
September 2009: “Baby“, the first ‘postable’ mp3 from Banhart’s upcoming major label debut, What We Will Be, furthers this transformation from ‘freak-folk’ poster boy to genre-bending rocker — think of the track as a close cousin (and mellower) follow up to Thunder Canyon’s “Lover.” What We Will Be drops next month via Warner Brothers Records.
MP3: Devendra Banhart :: Baby