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What Will We Be

Devendra Banhart

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

The freak-folk king releases his major-label debut. Banhart is still as eclectic as ever, jumping from folk to R&B to reggae as he feels fits. The orchestration of Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon has been bypassed for a small band sound that primarily expands in the vocal department where it can sound like you’ve found a late-night tribal folk mass (“Angelika”). Banhart’s music without borders means anything can happen. “Baby” sends things off on a Caribbean vacation, as if Banhart has been reborn as Jack Johnson or Jimmy Buffett. “Goin’ Back” lays back with a country twang. “Last Song for B” rests on a pensive whisper. “Chin Chin & Muck Muck” worms its way through cabaret and folk with a distinct lean towards the joy of children’s music. “16th and Valencia Roxy Music” sports a disco move. “Rats” channels the Doors and an extra-glam backbeat. The clean production from Paul Butler (A Band of Bees) is a striking change for a performer who has relied on either lo-fi murk for mystery or elaborate arrangements to bring the party home.

Customer Reviews

A Different Kind of Swell

This album is excellent, both musically and creatively. The sound is much cleaner than in previous albums, and I believe that this was one of the things the previous albums seriously lacks. If you liked previous Devendra albums, particularily Smokey Rolls, you will probably enjoy this one-

However, take caution that you will not find songs as powerful as Seahorse or Carmensita in this album. It seems more conjoined, and jumps around less from genre to genre.

Devendra has jumped the shark...

Too much production, too little quality of music. I LOVE his 2 full length records on Young God Records, but since then I have been more and more uninterested in his music. Oh well, people change. This album is okay, but compared ot his first few releases, it's not very good.

Can't Help But Listening

This album is great. Although a lot different from Devendras past creations this album will make you want to move just the same.

Biography

Born: May 30, 1981 in Houston, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Growing up in Caracas, Venezuela and Los Angeles, Devendra Banhart was always playing music and drawing. But it wasn't until his brief stay at the San Francisco Art Institute that the disciplines became his constant companions. With the encouragement of poet and SFAI professor Bill Berskon, Banhart began experimenting with all kinds of art. He also began recording songs around that same time, usually on shoddy, hand-me-down four-track machines. Brief, half-finished, or written in stream-of-consciousness...
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