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Augmenting Reality: Devendra Banhart's Favourite Albums
Tara Joshi , September 28th, 2016 09:34

Following the release of his ninth album, Ape In Pink Marble, the LA-based singer-songwriter and artist opts against a theme of lobster-based smut (read on) and talks Tara Joshi through his 13 all-time favourite records


Grouper – Ruins
I'm a big fan of hers [Liz Harris] – her visual art is really, really good. She's friends with friends, but it's not nepotistic; I don't know her, I just really love her music and her art. She made this record at a residency in Portugal, so it's the middle of nowhere, and it's just a piano and her and you can hear that. I love those kinds of records. This is a totally reliable record: it's really haunting and sparse, poetic and sad in a way. But also it's incredible well-constructed: the melodies are very direct and beautiful. She's doing it right. The sparseness on Ape In Pink Marble was never an intentional thing, though – that's just the way I'm writing right now.