Devendra Banhart calls up Kyle Meredith to discuss Ma, his new album that analyzes motherhood in both the literal sense, universal experience, and writing the record for his hypothetical future child. Banhart also goes in depth about the current state of his home country of Venezuela, how it’s being crippled by a dictator, the immigration exodus happening within, and the difficulty of supplying relief and getting aid into the area. On the lighter side, Banhart also waxes poetic on his heroes Vashti Bunyan and Carole King, who both make very direct impacts on this new collection.
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Kyle Meredith With… is an interview series in which WFPK’s Kyle Meredith speaks to a wide breadth of musicians. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Meredith digs deep into the artist’s work to find out how the music is made and where their journey is going, from legendary artists like Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, U2 and Bryan Ferry, to the newer class of The National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Father John Misty.