In honor of Devendra Banhart’s major label debut, What Will We Be, the musician has released an unofficial video for the album’s 13th track “Walillamdzi”. The video features images from the recording sessions, which took place this past spring in Northern California. Two of the album’s singles, “Baby” and “Angelika”, are also available for streaming via Devendra’s MySpace. What Will We Be is due out 27 October, 2009 on Warner Bros. Records; it was co-produced by Banhart and Paul Butler (from UK outfit Band of Bees).
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The Uncomfortable Truth [MP3]
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