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Devendra Banhart releases new track "Sirens"

26 July 2023, 15:52 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Devendra Banhart has released “Sirens” as the second song taken from his stellar upcoming album Flying Wig.

The accompanying music video is set in a dystopian society of Devendra’s creation and stars Devendra alongside multidisciplinary artist Dorian Wood as well as comedians Tim Heidecker and Mitra Jouhari.

Of the new track, Devendra says: “Sirens” is about the bewilderment that precedes longing, the space between “everything hurts” and “oh there's a nail stuck in my back,” it’s like the relief mixed with fear that comes from finally finding the target. We haven’t hit it yet - but we know where to aim, that’s where the “And Yet”-ness of this song is."

Another theme that seems prevalent throughout the album is obstacles into antidotes. I mean, what a bummer right? "Only the violence will ever hold me tight” but if there’s no getting rid of then our only sane option is to learn to dance with it," Banhart continues. "This is all lyrical…musically we wanted it to feel like dancing alone, weeping in a crowd, and somehow even relaxing into that melancholy, the sensual side of sorrow, the mournful side of joy.”

"Sirens" follows the album's lead single, "Twin". Flying Wig was recorded in Topanga Canyon, Southern California with acclaimed Welsh musician Cate Le Bon as producer.

"Sirens" is out now. Devendra Banhart's forthcoming album, Flying Wig, arrives on 22 September via Mexican Summer.

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