Weirdo-Ecelecticism: Devendra Banhart – What Will We Be

23-Jan-10

Weirdo Ecelecticism: Devendra Banhart   What Will We Be :: DevendraBanhart

I never find myself making those “best of…” lists at the end of a year, yet I can safely say Devendra Banhart’s Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon (2007) is certainly among my most played albums ever. When earlier this year I discovered his new record (his seventh album!), it instantly became one of the most anticipated albums of 2009. No doubt, What Will We Be (2009) shares similarities with the 2007 record and carries that unmistakable Devendra sound. Yet What Will We Be stylistically is more eclectic as Devendra mixes everything from Rock, R&B, Country and Latin to Jazzy-lullaby arrangements. Such an eclectic approach is challenging and ambitious, but Devendra succeeded in delivering a mid-tempo record that flows with ease and delight. Now, I’m hoping for that West-Coast tour.

Update:
Devendra is going to perform a bit, you might be in one of the lucky locations:
Feb 4 2010 Tokyo Unit Tokyo
Feb 5 2010 Tokyo Unit Tokyo
Mar 18 2010 Showbox @ The Market Seattle, Washington
Mar 19 2010 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver
Mar 21 2010 Crystal Ballroom Portland, Oregon
Mar 23 2010 Warfield San Francisco, California
Mar 24 2010 Wiltern Los Angeles, California

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Poetic Freak Folk: Rio en Medio – The Bride of Dynamite

25-Oct-07


Everyone Is Someones [MP3]
Girls on the Run [MP3]
Poetic Freak Folk: Rio en Medio   The Bride of Dynamite  :: rio en medioUkulelist and singer Danielle Stech-Homsy was discovered by Devendra Banhart via Sierra Casady of CocoRosie. Danielle, a sole member of Rio en Medio, immerses her listeners into a densely poetic world of freak folk aesthetics. The delicate notes of her album, The Bride of Dynamite (2007), its processed tones and layered, wonderfully lit and soft vocals blend into one another, weaving into an ethereal collage of sounds.
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Buy this album
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Rio en Medio on Gnomonsong label
Rio en Medio on Blogotheque