In the run up to his Flying Wig album, due out on September 22nd on one of our favourite labels here at Backseat Mafia, Mexican Summer, Devendra Banhart has released a new single, Nun. Recorded in Topanga Canyon, Southern California with acclaimed Welsh musician Cate Le Bon as producer, it’s a perfect marriage of their psych folk stylings, with a proggy ambition and stripped back accompaniments – certainly on the evidence of this rather lovely single.
Repetitive in its almost chanted chorus, it bursts with charm – the lovely little melodic moments sharpened into focus by this persuasive bassline and leftfield chord changes, with these little percussive extras drawing the ear with their beautiful simplicity.
Of the track, Devendra says “Nun” was written in a Nunnery in Northern Nepal… it’s a simple metaphor: we can run to something, run for something, run out of something… an archetype with plenty of elasticity.”
Check it out, here
Banhart recently announced openers for his world tour in the autumn, including Hayden Pedigo, Le Ren, Miho Hatori, Soma, Rogov, and John Moods, who will appear with Devendra at London’s Troxy on 25 November 2023.
DEVENDRA BANHART WORLD TOUR DATES
Oct 3 Iowa City, IA The Englert Theatre +
Oct 4 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall *
Oct 6 Toronto, ONT The Phoenix Concert Theatre *
Oct 7 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre *
Oct 8 Burlington, VT Higher Ground *
Oct 9 Boston, MA The Sinclair @
Oct 11 New York, NY Webster Hall @
Oct 12 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer @
Oct 13 Asbury Park, NJ Asbury Lanes ^
Oct 14 Washington, DC The Howard Theatre #
Nov 7 Lisbon, PT Coliseu
Nov 8 Braga, PT Theatro Circo
Nov 10 Madrid, ES Palacio Municipal %
Nov 11 Valencia, ES La Rambleta %
Nov 12 Barcelona, ES Paral.lel 62 %
Nov 14 Paris, FR Le Grand Rex %
Nov 15 London, UK Troxy %
Nov 18 Lyon, FR Le Transbordeur %
Nov 19 Lausanne, CH Theatre de l’Octogone %
Nov 21 Milan, IT Auditorium Fondazione Cariplo %
Nov 22 Trieste, IT Teatro Politeama Rossetti %
Nov 23 Vienna, AT Globe %
Nov 25 Berlin, DE Passionskirche %
Nov 26 Hamburg, DE Kampnagel %
Nov 28 Amsterdam, NL Paradiso %
Nov 29 Brussels, BE Ancienne Belgique %
Dec 6 San Diego, CA Observatory North Park !
Dec 7 Los Angeles, CA The Belasco !
Dec 8 San Luis Obispo Fremont Theater +
Dec 9 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore !
Dec 11 Portland, OR Revolution Hall !
Dec 12 Seattle, Wa Neptune Theatre !
Dec 13 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom !
! with Hayden Pedigo
* with Le Ren
@ with Miho Hatori
^ with Soma
% with John Moods
+ with Rogov
# with H. Hawkline