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Devendra Banhart previews new EP with second single "It's Not Always Funny"

16 July 2020, 17:29 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Devendra Banhart has released "It's Not Always Funny" as the second single from his upcoming EP Vast Ovoid.

Banhart's new single follows on from last month's lead track "Let's See".

He says of "It's Not Always Funny", "While writing this song I was thinking about over-consumption, a kind that goes beyond objects, and starts to pig out on emotions … it's never kindness or joy is it?"

Banhart adds, "I was thinking about the touch of your eyes ... and now that eyes have become our faces, I find going to the supermarket the most intimate experience ... since the lockdown we have been hyper developing the language of looking into each others' eyes ... I was thinking about how they say it’s important to laugh, especially when there's nothing to laugh about, I'm not sure if that’s true but it stuck with me."

Vast Ovoid will be Banhart's first collection of tracks since last year's Ma album.

When announcing the EP on Facebook, Banhart wrote "This EP was born during the Ma recording sessions, three songs that didn’t quite fit in with Ma’s theme of maternity…Ultimately all three songs are about the difference between disappointment and disillusion."

"It's Not Always Funny" is out now. Devendra Banhart's Vast Ovoid EP is due for release on 24 July via Nonesuch, and is available to pre-order now.
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