Once dubbed the ‘High Priest of L.A. Freak Folk’, Devendra Banhart leaves a swirling trail of mystic folk, raga spirituals and Latin-American rock in his wake. With his weird and wonderful artistry – as a poet, performer, activist visual artist and musician – , Banhart has the unique ability to inflitrate that sweet spot between absurdity and melancholy.
The simply titled Ma is Devendra Banhart’s third for Nonesuch one that addresses—often in a beguilingly oblique way—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 what happens when that bond gets broken.
Vetiver will be supporting Devendra Banhart on his European tour. Based around the rootsy and searching songwriting of bandleader Andy Cabic, Vetiver was included in the earliest waves of the freak folk movement due to strong ties to fellow bay area artists like Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom.
The group slowly established a solid line up as Cabic’s songwriting continually evolved, moving from more traditional folky beginnings to include more electronic and rock elements by the time of 2015’s Complete Strangers. Vetiver will release their seventh album ‘Up On High’ on November 1st.