Devendra Banhart has released a song, ‘Swan’, with all proceeds going to the Los Angeles Women’s Center. It’s a cover of a song by Ioanna Gika, taken from last years solo debut album Thalassa.
Swan is this beautiful folk pop melody, and Bandarts smooth, delicate baritone fingers it way over the picked guitar accompaniment. The song itself has this memorable quality that plays out its wistful way as the track breezes though.
On the song and Ioanna Gika, Devendra says “I admire and respect Ioanna immensely , one of the great singers , poets , composers & performers of our time , really an otherworldly kind of creature/being , I love her and I love this song so much , It’s so very rare to meet someone you aren’t quite convinced is from this planet…. There I was , listening for the first time , totally drawn into this twilight crystal moon world that her voice immediately evokes , and the chorus comes in : “Let me hear the swan sing / Melody of mourning / Sweeter than the silent / Exit without warning” My heart broke hearing that …. What a beautiful stanza, endless knot of longing , wow…… it was an honor to totally ruin this amazing song!”
Check it out, here