Notoriously eclectic folk singer Devendra Banhart has announced a new album, entitled Ape in Pink Marble. The album will be released September 23, and marks his first release since 2013’s return to form LP Mala.
Ape in Pink Marble continues Banhart’s work with classical Latin guitarist Noah Georgeson and acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Josiah Steinbrick, each of whom was featured prominently on Mala. It will be issued through Nonesuch Records, Banhart’s second release through the label.
To accompany his album announcement, Banhart shared a new single, set to eventually feature on Ape in Pink Marble. The track, entitled “Middle Names”, is a down-tempo, refreshingly simple acoustic production, reminiscent of Banhart’s earlier, self proclaimed free-folk work.
Ape in Pink Marble will be Banhart’s ninth studio LP. He has remained relatively quiet since his last formal release, most notably releasing a 2015 collection of drawings, paintings, and mixed media pieces entitled “I Left My Noodle on Ramen Street“. He is an accomplished visual artist, and has had work featured in galleries including Art Basel, Contemporary Art Fair in Miami, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, and the Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art
While he has not toured consistently since 2014, Banhart managed to play multiple shows in both 2015 and 2016. In May, Banhart hosted an impromptu concert to raise money for medical supplies in his native Venezuela. Banhart holds dual Venezuelan-American citizenship, and spent much of his childhood in the ailing nation.
Listen to “Middle Names” below.
Ape In Pink Marble
01. Middle Names
02. Good Time Charlie
03. Jon Lends A Hand
05. Fancy Man
06. Fig In Leather
07. Theme for a Taiwanese Woman in Lime Green
09. Mourner’s Dance
10. Saturday Night