Still exploring all corners of folk and esoteric pop music, the groundbreaking singer-songwriter revisits his storied career.
An American singer and musician of Venezuelan heritage, Devendra Banhart’s sun-speckled style of folk garnered him a loyal following throughout the ’00s. Raised between Caracas and Los Angeles, he studied art in San Francisco — he came to prominence with his 2007 release, Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon, a charming collection of wispy soft-rock bohemian guitars, fantastical poetics and Latin folk flourishes. Over the years, Banhart has developed his lucid lyricism and collage-effect indie-folk compositions on albums for Michael Gira’s Young Gods label, XL Recordings and Nonesuch. On today’s show, the groundbreaking singer-songwriter revisits his storied career, touching on the ideas of spirituality and musical epiphanies along the way.