℗ 2019 Nonesuch Records Inc
Released September 13, 2019
Duration 46m 04s
Record Label Nonesuch
Genre Alternative
 

Ma

Devendra Banhart

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1.1
Is This Nice?
Devendra Banhart
2:54
1.2
Kantori Ongaku
Devendra Banhart
3:41
1.3
Ami
Devendra Banhart
3:55
1.4
Memorial
Devendra Banhart
4:38
1.5
Carolina
Devendra Banhart
2:32
1.6
Now All Gone
Devendra Banhart
3:37
1.7
Love Song
Devendra Banhart
4:22
1.8
Abre Las Manos
Devendra Banhart
3:34
1.9
Taking a Page
Devendra Banhart
3:36
1.10
October 12
Devendra Banhart
3:12
1.11
My Boyfriend's in the Band
Devendra Banhart
3:30
1.12
The Lost Coast
Devendra Banhart
3:10
1.13
Will I See You Tonight? (feat. Vashti Bunyan)
Devendra Banhart; Vashti Bunyan
3:23
Digital Booklet
Devendra Banhart's new album, Ma, is out on Nonesuch Records. This is Banhart's first album since 2016's Ape in Pink Marble. Ma, bursting with tender, autobiographical vignettes, displays a shift from the sonic experimentation of his previous albums to an intricate, captivating story-telling and emotional intimacy. Banhart favors organic sounds to accompany his voice and guitar, the arrangements bolstered by strings, woodwinds, brass, and keyboards. The simply titled Ma is Devendra Banhart's third album for Nonesuch, one that addresses—often in a beguilingly oblique way—the unconditional nature of maternal love, the desire to nurture, the passing down of wisdom, the longing to establish the relationship of mother to child, and the consequences of that bond being broken. Banhart doesn't approach the album's maternal theme in a literal way; rather, by contemplating it, alluding to it, regarding the concept of motherhood from different angles, he has fashioned an album of multiple, intertwining narratives. Its concerns are both personal and global, with subtly autobiographical looks at life and death and ruminations about the precarious state of the world. The many lighthearted moments of Ma are balanced by deeply melancholic, even somber ones. Three tracks are in Spanish, the language that is as much Banhart's native tongue as English, and one in Portuguese. Working with Grammy Award–winning producer-musician and longtime musical compadre Noah Georgeson, the two started this particular musical journey when they were invited to record in a special room at a venerable old temple in Kyoto, after a short Asian tour. That served as a musical and spiritual prelude to what was to come. Back in California, they recorded at 64 Sound and Sea Horse Studios in Los Angeles and Anderson Canyon in Big Sur. Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon contributes background vocals on "Now All Gone" and Banhart's mentor, muse, and dear friend, the folk legend Vashti Bunyan, duets with him on "Will I See You Tonight." Notes Banhart, "Vashti is the archetype of the mother, one of the most important people in my life. It was so beautiful to sing this duet with her."
48 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Nonesuch Studio Masters

48 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Nonesuch Studio Masters
Track titlePeak (dB FS)RMS (dB FS)DR
Album average
Range of values
-0.30
-0.30 to -0.30
-15.02
-17.37 to -12.87
9
7 to 11
1
Is This Nice?
-0.30-15.668
2
Kantori Ongaku
-0.30-13.638
3
Ami
-0.30-12.877
4
Memorial
-0.30-16.0310
5
Carolina
-0.30-15.9210
6
Now All Gone
-0.30-14.828
7
Love Song
-0.30-13.147
8
Abre Las Manos
-0.30-14.939
9
Taking a Page
-0.30-15.5110
10
October 12
-0.30-17.3711
11
My Boyfriend's in the Band
-0.30-13.688
12
The Lost Coast
-0.30-15.9510
13
Will I See You Tonight? (feat. Vashti Bunyan)
-0.30-15.7611

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