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Devendra Banhart Shares “Taking a Page” Video Shot in Nepal (Plus Stream the New Album)

Ma Out Now via Nonesuch

Sep 13, 2019
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Devendra Banhart has released a new album, Ma, today via Nonesuch. Today he's also shared a video for the album's "Taking a Page" that was filmed in Nepal. Watch it below. And now that the album is out, you can stream the whole thing below. Also below are Banhart's upcoming tour dates.

Banhart had this to say about the video (filmed by The Bardos) in a press release:

"See my brains ooze out in this Trekker friendly music video for 'Taking a Page.' Filmed in Nepal. More specifically in Kathmandu, Muktinath, Ranipauwa, Pokhara, and a few remote parts of upper and lower Mustang. In it you will find: 

My monk friend Moti doing make up for the first time...

Neten Chockling Rinpoche liberating a few yaks (roam free wild sisters and hermanos!) 

Lindsay from the Bardos! 

A bloody shower! 

Boudanath Stupa! 

Sky Caves! 

The chords to Iced Honey by Metallica and Lou Reed 

Free Jazz

Ultimately, This is a love letter to Nepal! A land of truly mystical proportions that must be experienced!"

Previously Banhart shared a video for Ma's first single, "Kantori Ongaku" (which was one of our Songs of the Week). Then he shared another song from the album, "Abre Las Manos," which was in Spanish and accompanied by a visual showcasing images of Caracas and El Avila National Park in Venezuela. Then he shared another song from the album, "Memorial." Then Banhart shared another song from the album, "Taking a Page," which was inspired by Carole King and references the classic singer/songwriter.

Banhart's last album was 2016's Ape in Pink Marble. Since then he's stayed busy. In April he released two books: Vanishing Wave (a book of his ink drawings inspired by a trip to Japan) and Weeping Gang, Bliss Void, Yab Yum (his first book of poetry). Plus in March he released Fragments du Monde Flottant, a collection of various musicians' demos that he curated.

Ma began when Banhart and frequent collaborator Noah Georgeson were invited to record in an old temple in Kyoto, Japan, after an Asian tour. The album was then recorded in California at 64 Sound and Sea Horse Studios in Los Angeles and Anderson Canyon in Big Sur. Cate Le Bon contributes background vocals on "Now All Gone" and previous collaborator Vashti Bunyan duets with Banhart on "Will I See You Tonight."

"Vashti is the archetype of the mother, one of the most important people in my life. It was so beautiful to sing this duet with her," said Banhart in a previous press release.

This is how the press release described the themes of Ma: "Banhart doesn't approach the album's maternal theme in a literal way; rather, by contemplating it, alluding to it, regarding the concept of motherhood from different angles, he has fashioned an album of multiple, intertwining narratives. Its concerns are both personal and global, with subtly autobiographical looks at life and death and ruminations about the precarious state of the world. The many lighthearted moments of Ma are balanced by deeply melancholic, even somber ones."

Three of the album's tracks are sung in Spanish and one is in Portuguese. Banhart spent his childhood in Venezuela and a press release says his decision to sing in Spanish was because he "has been profoundly affected by the poverty and despair he's witnessed there."

"My brother is in Venezuela, my cousins, my aunts and uncles. They are just holding their breath, in gridlock standstill," Banhart elaborated. "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."

Black Belt Eagle Scout is set to support many of the fall tour dates. Banhart has teamed up with PLUS1 for the tour and $1 from every ticket sold in the U.S. (except for Austin) will go to World Central Kitchen (WCK). A press release says WCK is "an organization founded by Chef José Andrés to fight hunger around the world. WCK has served more than eight million meals to victims of natural disasters and humanitarian crises, including Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, California wildfires, Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, and more. WCK is currently responding to the crisis on the Colombia-Venezuelan border and has served more than 350,000 meals to date." Find out more on the organization here

Read our review of Ape in Pink Marble.

Devendra Banhart Tour Dates:

09/27/19 - Dana Point, CA @ OHANA Festival
10/15/19 - Ventura, CA @ The Majestic Ventura Theater
10/16/19 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
10/18/19 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
10/19/19 - Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
10/20/19 - Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall ^
10/22/19 - Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
10/24/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
10/25/19 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Yost Theater
10/26/19 - San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
10/27/19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
10/30/19 - Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater *
11/01/19 - Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown *
11/02/19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater  *
11/03/19 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *
11/05/19 - Memphis, TN @ The Hi Tone *
11/07/19 - Austin, TX @ Stubbs (Levitation)
11/23/18 - Leon, Guanajuato Mx @ Tecate Bajio Festival
11/30/19 - Detroit, MI @ Museum of Contemporary Art *
12/01/19 - Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall *
12/03/19 - Montreal, QC @  The Olympia *
12/04/19 - Boston, MA @ The Wilbur *
12/05/19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel *
12/07/19 - Washington, D.C. @ 930 Club *
12/08/19 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *

* w/ Black Belt Eagle Scout
^ w/ Daniel Higgs

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