Quick Take: Mala by Devendra Banhart - The Culture Files Blog - Los Angeles magazine
 
 

Quick Take: Mala by Devendra Banhart

L.A.’s prince of freak folk has moved to New York. How's he sound?

Photograph courtesy of consequenceofsound.net

Sorry, Devendra, we can hardly hear you beneath those scarves. On Mala, his eighth album (Nonesuch Records, $16), L.A.’s prince of freak folk—who, incidentally, just moved to New York—has flashes of invention that validate the whole nouveau shaman thing. He’s playing with vintage hip-hop equipment and there’s a smooth Spanish ballad, but the mellow gulches in between are a challenge to push through. You have to want it. Lucky for him, plenty of people do.

Leave a comment:

· Subscribe to comments
Be the first to comment here.

Stay Connected

 
Get Our LAmag.com Free Newsletter
 
more promotions
 
Advertisement
Subscribe to Los Angeles magazine