#PressPlay: Devendra Banhart “Middle Names”
June 28, 2016
What’s freak folk you say? Well, it’s main core is pure acoustic, but it’s aesthetic is reminiscent of traditional folk and ventures into instrumental experimentation. It has a nostalgic fusion of the 1960s psychedelic summer of love mixed with baroque pop elements and an eclectic electronic palette. To say the least, freak folk illuminates the past while meeting our avant-garde needs and Devendra Banhart is renowned as one of the movement’s godfathers; dominating a stage or an album with his powerful charisma and captivating vocals. Across the spectrum of his diverse musical style, he’s known to offer sounds that range akin to Manu Chao, Nick Drake, Jose Gonzalez, and Grizzly Bear.
It’s been three years since our ears have had such listening pleasure; and to give us a taste of what’s to come he’s enticed us with his newest single and album opener “Middle Names.” The intimate track is perched up next to his earlier work, Rejoicing in the Hands, with soft guitar plucks that lend weight to soothing vocals and introspective lyrics. The album was orchestrated entirely in Los Angeles with collaborators Noah Georgsson and Josiah Steinbrick, who had also worked on Barnhart’s most recent album, Mala in 2013.
Check out his newest single along with some of our favorites below!
The upcoming album’s full tracklist can be seen below:
01 Middle Names
02 Good Time Charlie
03 Jon Lends A Hand
05 Fancy Man
06 Fig In Leather
07 Theme For A Taiwanese Woman In Lime Green
09 Mourner’s Dance
10 Saturday Night