Devendra Banhart announces new album and reveals lead single ‘Kantori Ongaku’
Devendra Banhart has announced his return with a new album, Ma, which will be released on September 13th for label Nonesuch Records.
The record comes as the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Ape in Pink Marble and marks his first new album in three years. According to a press release, the new material has a family theme and addresses the “unconditional nature of maternal love, the desire to nurture, the passing down of wisdom, the longing to establish the relationship of mother to child, and the consequences of that bond being broken.”
Banhart focusses on his relationship to his home of Venezuela and the social issues that has plagued the country. “My brother is in Venezuela, my cousins, my aunts and uncles,” Barnhart says. “They are just holding their breath, in gridlock standstill.There’s this helplessness. This place that has been a mother to you, that you’re a mother to as well, and it’s suffering so much. There is nothing you can do but send out love and remain in that sorrowful state.”
Barnhart has teamed up with producer Noah Georgeson to make the album and, to lay down the tracks in session, they both headed to an old temple in Kyoto to record the new music before residing to 64 Sound and Sea Horse Studios in Los Angeles and Anderson Canyon in Big Sur to finish the album.
Following the Japanese theme, Barnhart’s lead single ‘Kantori Ongaku’ is Japanese for “country music” and is reference to influential musician Haruomi Hosono.