After a four-year break, Devendra Banhart is finally releasing his eighth studio album, Mala, via his new label home Nonesuch. The album is due out March 12 but the second single “Never Seen Such Good Things” is already streaming on SoundCloud.
Mala took shape in Los Angeles, where Banhart and longtime cohort Noah Georgeson produced the album together, playing most of the instruments themselves, using borrowed equipment and a vintage Tascam recorder they’d found in a pawn shop. “A lot of early hip-hop had been made on [the Tascam],” says Banhart. “And knowing my songs are not hip-hop whatsoever, we thought it would be interesting to see how these kinds of songs would sound on equipment that was used to record our favorite rap.”