Devendra Banhart pays homage to Haruomi Hosono on new single “Kantori Ongaku”

Off his newly announced album, Ma.

June 18, 2019
Devendra Banhart pays homage to Haruomi Hosono on new single “Kantori Ongaku” Lauren Dukoff

Later this summer, Devendra Banhart will deliver his first full-length album in three years. It's called Ma, and it's out September 13 via Nonesuch Records. In anticipation, he's offering the record's first single "Kantori Ongaku," billed as a tribute to Haruomi Hosono. The mellow and textured track arrives coupled with a bit of absurdist theater by way of its Giraffe Studios-directed video. The playful clip features cameos from collaborators such as Sasami (who recruited Banhart for her song "Free"), as well as an infomercial vignette to raise funds for Venezuela.

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"My brother is in Venezuela, my cousins, my aunts and uncles," Banhart wrote in a statement. "They are just holding their breath, in gridlock standstill. There's this helplessness. This place that has been a mother to you, that you're a mother to as well, and it's suffering so much. There is nothing you can do but send out love and remain in that sorrowful state."

Watch the "Kantori Ongaku" video, and peep Banhart's upcoming tour dates, below.

Devendra Banhart North American Tour Dates:
09/27/19 - Dana Point, CA @ OHANA Festival
10/15/19 - Ventura, CA @ The Majestic Ventura Theater
10/16/19 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
10/18/19 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
10/19/19 - Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
10/20/19 - Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall ^
10/22/19 - Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
10/24/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
10/25/19 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Yost Theater
10/26/19 - San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
10/27/19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
10/30/19 - Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater *
11/01/19 - Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown *
11/02/19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater *
11/03/19 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *
11/05/19 - Memphis, TN @ The Hi Tone *
11/07/19 - Austin, TX @ Stubbs (Levitation)
11/23/18 - Leon, Guanajuato Mx @ Tecate Bajio Festival
11/30/19 - Detroit, MI @ Museum of Contemporary Art *
12/01/19 - Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall *
12/03/19 - Montreal, QC @ The Olympia *
12/04/19 - Boston, MA @ The Wilbur *
12/05/19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel *
12/07/19 - Washington, D.C. @ 930 Club *
12/08/19 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *

* w/ Black Belt Eagle Scout
^ w/ Daniel Higgs

Devendra Banhart pays homage to Haruomi Hosono on new single “Kantori Ongaku”