Possessing a warmth and charm that is immediate, Banhart’s vocals are feather-light but heavy with emotion, a juxtaposition that flows naturally from the worldly themes Banhart explores through his buoyant, often playful compositions.
Utilising English, Spanish and Portuguese languages, Banhart tells 13 distinct tales that are rich with instrumental texture and narrative detail. There are plenty of stirring moments on the record, from the gloriously evocative Love Song to the delicate longing on closing track Will I See You Tonight, a duet with Vashti Bunya.
Ma serves as a perfect summation of Banhart’s exquisite talent and joins a canon of dynamic yet considered musical output.
Ma by Devendra Banhart is out September 13 via Nonesuch.
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