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Rejoicing in the Hands

Interview Magazine | by Milena Selkirk

Banhart's bizarre odes to teeth, insects, and beards

When eccentric singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart sings "it's like finding home in an old folk song" on "A sight to behold" he might as well be describing himself. On his sophmore effort, Banhart's introspective finger-picking, reverb-wailing two minute folk songs seem like they were just unearthed from a dusty basement. His quavewring vibrato is spookily evocative of depression era singers from the Mississippi delta - and strangely, glam rocker Marc Bolan. But the surprising strength of Banhart's bizarre odes to teeth, insects, and beards is what sets him apart....
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