Release Date: 18 March 2013
Format: LP Vinyl
|Devandra Banhart Mala Limited Vinyl LP+CD+7 Inch
Includes bonus 7-inch single with two songs
Fold-out poster and album CD included
"Career best. ... Surprising and enthralling." Q magazine
Singer/songwriter Devendra Banhart makes his Nonesuch label debut with the release of Mala, his eighth studio album. The album took shape in Los Angeles, where Banhart and longtime cohort Noah Georgeson produced the album together, playing most of the instruments themselves, using borrowed equipment and a recorder they'd found in a pawn shop. The LP is pressed on 140-gram vinyl and includes the album on CD, an additional 7" with two bonus tracks, and an exclusive poster.
In the U.K., Mala has earned four stars from Mojo, Q, the Times of London, and the Independent on Sunday. It's a "career-best LP," raves Q. "This is a beautiful album that counterpoints Banhart's boundless and surreal imagination against a newly-discovered depth and sincerity. Surprising and enthralling." Record Collector gives it five stars, exclaiming: "This is Banhart's best work. The prospect of sitting down and listening to Mala as a whole is a thrilling, private and all-too-rare feeling."
BBC Music, in its album review, concludes: "Overall, it's the album's sense of love and lightness that lingers: Its buoyancy and sense of discovery, a feeling that Banhart has remerged anew and refreshed. It is a fine thing to have him back."
Back in the U.S., Pitchfork says "Mala is Banhart's best record in nearly a decade," concluding that "Banhart sounds refreshed and relieved here ... finally taking the opportunity to show that he doesn't take himself as seriously as a lot of people take him."
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