Devendra Banhart has shared the latest song from his upcoming album, Ma.
The new number, ‘Abre Las Manos’, which translates to ‘Open Your Hands’, continues the trend of the album which has been inspired by Banhart’s relationship with his motherland, Venezuela.
“My brother is in Venezuela, my cousins, my aunts and uncles. They are just holding their breath, in gridlock standstill. Maybe there is more Spanish writing on Ma because of the helplessness I’m feeling, it’s on my mind more than ever,” Barnhart said. “I was thinking about the sorrow of having to put a child up for adoption, loving that child but not being with them, for whatever reason. That child is out in the world and you have to love them from afar. And that is exactly how I have felt observing the situation in Venezuela.”
He added: “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.”
The album will be released on September 13 on Nonesuch Records and the new single, which follows the release of ‘Kantori Ongaku’, arrives as the eagerly anticipated follow up to Barnhart’s last album Ape in Pink Marble which arrived three years ago.
To coincide with the release of Ma, Barnhart has also announced a partnership with PLUS1 meaning that $1 from every ticket sold for his tour in the U.S. will go to World Central Kitchen (WCK), an organisation founded to fight hunger around the world.
Fro now though, here’s Far Out’s Track of the Day: