Devendra Banhart | NINO ROJOa style you'll really dig So yeah, man, there's this cat down the way, right, and his name is Devendra Banhart. Well, the guy is pretty far out, see. Like, OK, he's got this thick, curly dark hair down to his shoulders, a real scruffy beard, and his clothes, man ... they're right out of the Summer of Love. You look at him and think: "You're just a hippie burnout, right? Just some guy who, you know, refuses to acknowledge that the Eagles ever happened, or whatever."
Anyhow, Banhart's got this new album called Nino Rojo -- no, not "nee-no," it's "nee-nyo" -- and it's a companion of sorts to the other record he put out recently. But don't say "outtakes" or "B-sides" around him, OK, because it's not like that. It's just ... other stuff he worked on at the same time, so, no big deal, just play it off real cool.
Well, anyway, you hear him start playin' guitar, and it's pretty freakin' hypnotic and creepy. Some would probably say "haunting" or some crap like that, but that doesn't really say much, since there are people who most likely feel that, um, say, Metallica is haunting, when they're just a bunch of assholes when it comes down to it, you know?
If you listen to the record, you'll figure it all out. You'll deduce the arrangements -- well, they're pretty spindly, mostly nimble, acoustic, gothic-folk guitar. "At the Hop" is all hang-your-arm-out-the-window-while-driving kind of goodness, with a spare ... uh, percussive element really tying the song together. "An Island" is pretty right on too, because it's like you're right there, on the island .... What? How's the first song, "Wake Up, Little Sparrow?" Nah, it's too much like a cover Cat Power herself covered off her latest album.
Overall, Nino Rojo has a style you'll really dig, that is if you're into the examination of ... self ... examining, and you know, the occasional avant-garde topic-type songs.