Devendra Banhart â€“ Oh Me Oh Myâ€¦ LP
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is freakishly unique in it's creepy beauty"A god send, if a bit touched," I think thatâ€™s how I might describe Devendra Banhart from hearing Oh Me Oh My. Every song here is a lo-fi guitar and vocals classic, on par with Michelle Shockedâ€™s Campfire Songs -- but no, much, much better.
One of Banhart's talents is his ability to combine off-hand humor with sad, old America guitar work and eerily surreal vocals: "i know nature's beside me when he's inside you/ i feel it too." Yes, bizzare lyrics abound. I found myself asking aloud, "is he kidding?" I wasn't sure whether or not I wanted him to be. All in all, he seems sincere, and so the lyrics appear to be his own organic personal imagery rather than some labored mechanical construct or a simple, dumb joke. In this respect, the album has as much in common with the unfettered intimacy of John Frusciante's Usually Just a T-Shirt as it might appear to have with traditional folky albums. Oh Me Oh My is freakishly unique in it's creepy beauty. Go out and get this record, and donâ€™t share it with anyone.