Devendra Obi Banhart (born May 30, 1981) is a Venezuelan American singer-songwriter and visual artist. Banhart was born in Houston, Texas and was raised by his mother in Venezuela, until he moved to California as a teenager. He began to study at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1998, but dropped out to perform music in Europe, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Banhart released his debut album in 2002, continuing to record his material on the Young God and XL labels, as well as other work on compilations and collaborations.
Banhart’s music is often associated with the New Weird America genre, along with Vetiver and Joanna Newsom. The New York Times has called his songs “free associative work” and SPINmagazine has written that “Banhart’s albums offer ashram-appropriate guitar strums, trippy-hippie tone poetry.” Various publications have described his style as psych folk, avant-folk, freak folk, Lo-Fi, hipster folk revival, and alternative folk.
Some reviewers, including AllMusic, The Times, and Mojo, have pointed out similarities between Banhart’s songs and production with that of the early 1970s band Tyrannosaurus Rex (an early version of Mark Bolan‘s T. Rex). In a May 2004 interview with Arthur magazine, Banhart stated that he was unaware of the music of Tyrannosaurus Rex until after he began writing and recording songs. Devendra Banhart instead prefers to credit Vashti Bunyan, Caetano Veloso, Simon Diaz and Arthur Russell among his main influences.
On December 3, 2012 Banhart announced his new album, Mala, will be released in the spring of 2013. “Mala,” which is Banhart’s debut album for Nonesuch, is scheduled to be released on March 12, 2013.
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