This fall, singer and songwriter Devendra Banhart released Ape in Pink Marble, his ninth studio LP and second for the acclaimed indie imprint Nonesuch Records. The album is breezy, contemplative and a bit psychedelic, recalling artists from Syd Barrett, Lou Reed and Caetano Veloso to contemporaries like Beth Orton.
When Banhart broke into the national music conversation as part of what early-aughties tastemakers dubbed the “freak folk” movement, his sound was also low-key, introspective and definitely left-of-center; it wasn’t until releases like 2007’s Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon and 2013’s Mala that he branched into more expansive production and elaborate arrangements. The new release finds him going back to his roots and back inward in a pleasing manner, and Banhart just announced a run of winter dates in support of it, including a stop at Union Transfer on Tuesday, March 14th. Continue reading →