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Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon Limited Vinyl 2LP Set

by Devendra Banhart

Release Date: 01 October 2015

Format: LP Double Vinyl

Label: Vital


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Devendra Banhart Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon Limited Vinyl 2LP Set
Devendra Banhart has emerged as one of the most fascinating, unpredictable and inspiring artists of his generation.
For the writing and recording of ‘Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon’ Banhart set up housekeeping in a rustic hillside home in the longstanding bohemian enclave of Topanga, North of Los Angeles. Noah, Devendra and engineer Beauraymond Fletcher created their recording studio in a second floor recreation room with a panoramic view of the canyon. Basic tracks were laid down using a core lineup of Banhart (guitar, piano, Cuatro, psaltery), Georgeson (zither, guitar, backing vocals, Hammond B-3, bass, et al), Luckey Remington (bass, guitar, background singing, water drum and freedom chime), Greg Rogove (drums, tablas, supporting vocals, geese and duck calls, pots and pans, mop stomp), and Pete Newsom (piano, keyboards, backing vox). The other musical contributors being Rodrigo Amarante (from Brasil’s Los Hermanos on guitar and harmony vocals), Andy Cabic (guitar, vocal support) and Otto Hauser (drums).
Where Devendra’s previous album ‘Cripple Crow’ sounded like Devendra trading licks with a never ending caravan of passing musical gypsies, ‘Smokey…’ is very much the work of a band. The vocal arrangements are noticeably more intricate and ambitious with lush harmonies running through many of these numbers. The instrumental performances are comfortably loose but in-the-pocket - a rich blend of acoustic and electric guitars, understated drumming and gentle percussion, diffident bass and a variety of downhome keyboards, subtly colored with the occasional lightest touch of strings or woodwinds.
1. Cristobal
2. So Long Old Bean
3. Samba Vexillographica
4. Seahorse
5. Bad Girl
6. Seaside
7. Shabop Shalom
8. Tonada Yanomaminista
9. Rosa
10. Saved
11. Lover
12. Carmencita
13. Other Woman
14. Freely
15. I Remember
16. My Dearest Friend

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