Oh Me Oh My... | Devendra Banhart | Review
pittsburghpulp.com | Ben Hernstrom
awkward, otherworldly...Michael Gira, center piece of the now-defunct, experimental legends - Swans, and owner/operator of Young God Records, described his newest acquisition -Devendra Banhart - as â€œridiculously compellingâ€, and â€œcompletely uniqueâ€. And after spending a good bit of time listening to the release, its clear he wasn't mistaken. Absurdly titled â€œOh Me Oh My The Way The Day Goes By The Sun Is Setting Dogs Are Dreaming Songs Of The Christmas Spiritâ€, the disc is a combination of awkward, otherworldly lyrics sung in a shaky falsetto, and finger-picked acoustic guitar. While the music is certainly good on many levels, the thing that makes it worth looking into is its intensely unnerving quality. This under-your-skin element stems from lyrics like â€œDo you love him? Does he love you, too - like I love you? I know nature is beside me when heâ€™s inside you. I feel it, too.â€ Lyrics like these and the eloquent melodies that support them form a kind of fear-inducing innocence. There's a very clear and readable honesty to the material- a truly rare occurrence in today's industry of overproduction and suit created musics. Even the recording process used to produce the album seems tailored to creating a strange and alien sensation. The disc is comprised of 22 tracks recorded on assorted lo-fi recording devices. This system of imperfection only furthers the musicâ€™s ability to make the listener feel bizarre and inexplicable things. Fans of Angels of Light, Modest Mouse or anything in between should certainly give Banhart a listen, not because he sounds like those projects, but because he offers a similar sensation. Even if weâ€™ll never know what that sensation really is, or why we want to feel it.