Banhart, Devendra / Ma
Album: Ma   Collection:General
Artist: Banhart, Devendra   Added:Oct 2019
Label: Nonesuch Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2019-10-23 Pull Date: 2019-12-25
Week Ending: Dec 22 Dec 15 Dec 1 Nov 24 Nov 17 Nov 10 Oct 27
Airplays: 1 1 1 1 1 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 18, 2019: The Library
My Boyfriend's In The Band
4. Nov 20, 2019: The Library
My Boyfriend's In The Band
2. Dec 12, 2019: Old Fart At Play
Kantori Ongaku
5. Nov 13, 2019: Goggles Optional
My Boyfriend's In The Band, The Loast Coast
3. Nov 26, 2019: Magnetized Toner: With Guest DJs Pixel and DJ Away
My Boyfriend's In The Band
6. Nov 08, 2019: KZSU Time Traveler

Album Review
DJ Stace
Reviewed 2019-10-12
Album / Artist: Ma / Devendra Banhart
Label: Nonesuch

Reviewed: 10/12/2019
DJ Stace

General Comments / Release Notes

Freak-folk, indie easy listening. The first time I heard Devendra Banhart, he was a protege of The Swans' Michael Gira, making mushroom-flashback inducing shamanic folk music that teetered on the edge of the psyche. Of late he has morphed into a modern Indie Folk Brian Ferry. That’s not a bad thing, as his music is still fantastic. It’s just something different, now. Still beautiful and somber, psych-folk, mutations somewhere between Tiny Tim, Leonard Cohen, Donovan and Nick Drake.

FCCs: None
RIYL: Nick Drake, Lhasa de Sela, Jay Som

Play: 4,6,8,11
Rated with *****

1. *** Is This Nice 02:54 - Plucked guitar and violin intro melody, upbeat by Banhart’s standards. Strumming and soft.
2. **** Kantori Ongaku 03:41 - Bit of a Dylanesque groove. Funky little rhythm, with a groovy weeping guitar riff and soft sax.
3. Ami 03:55 - slow to midtempo, reminds me of Brian Ferry. Piano and Pink Floyd sax dominate.
4. **** Memorial 04:38 - Somber and sweet. Slow, simple guitar with some string-like accomp. Has a Leonard Cohen quality.
5. ** Carolina 02:32 - Neo-folk easy listening with a Spanish flair.
6. **** Now All Gone 03:37 - Cool bass and keyboard groove. Simple, spare, and robotic with a little bit of a salsa rhythm. Quirky and groovy.
7. *** Love Song 04:22 - Midtempo, psych-folk easy listening beach rock. Oooh-Sha-Sha, reference to 80’s Kajagoogoo?
8. **** Abre Las Manos 03:34 - Another Spanish-flavored psych-folk midtempo easy listener.
9. Taking A Page 03:36 - Buzzy 80’s bass and echoey guitar groove. Midtempo.
10. October 12 03:12 - Soft bossa nova guitar folk with flute. Lyrics in Spanish.
11. **** My Boyfriend’s In The Band 03:30 - Upbeat rock drums and Spanish/English lyrics, Van Morrison like with the brass backing. Play it.
12. ** The Lost Coast 03:10 - Ethereal washes of chimes and sax interspersed with spoken-song. Slow and essentially a Capella. 13. ** Will I See You Tonight 03:23 - Strumming and strings, piano and soft vocal reminiscent of late 70’s adult contemporary album rock.

Track Listing
1. Is This Nice   7. Love Song
2. Kantori Ongaku   8. Abre Las Manos
3. Ami   9. Taking A Page
4. Memorial   10. October 12
5. Carolina   11. My Boyfriend's In The Band
6. Now All Gone   12. The Loast Coast