the first time i fell in love with devendra banhart was while living in austin, texas. the year of 2004. running from every place and everyone, it was so easy to breathe into his tone of music as his gypsy sounds captivated my existence.
within devendra’s fifth release, smokey rolls down thunder canyon, he includes an eclectic assortment of genres blending folk, samba, reggae, doo-wop and motown into one entity. colorful and chaotic at times, the album overshadows as an overwhelming but engaging, listening experience. thankfully, devendra’s quiet light appears literally at the end of tunnel, as the last song brightly shares a comforting and familiar depth inside of sadness, hope and sincerity.
my dearest friend
you’ll soon begin
artwork by edvard munch