||DEVENDRA BANHART presents a very unique & precious compilation featuring his best friends never heard before demos. Among them some of the yesterday and today’s most talented musicians and singers of the folk-pop-experimental scene. This handprinted album comes randomly in six different colored cardboard featuring one of six Devendra’s drawing.
" I’ve always loved demos ,
often much more than the final version ,
in fact , my favorite John Lennon song is a demo , its called Friend of Dorothy , it’s a masterpiece…
This is an album of demos.
you know who doesn’t like demos?
the people who make them , that’s who !
wait , wait….
that’s not true ….
they do like their demos …. but they are definitely not gonna let anyone hear them anytime soon … they have big big plans for these songs….
Fortunately , i don’t mind being extremely annoying when it comes to bothering/begging my friends to let me hear their demos.
Unfortunately , i am not a very good dentist.
This album could have been called “Pulling Teeth” if ya know what i’m sayin….
if i may take a moment to say
what kind , generous , and patient the sweet people on this comp are … thank you forever for enduring all of my emails, phone calls , texts , letters , and astral badgering!
I am extremely grateful to you.
I love you.
I would also like to thank my ol’ pal Cyril Yeterian.
He also loves demos and happens to runs the label that put out the record you are now holding , so that worked out nicely.
I am also endlessly indebted to Dustin Reid for introducing me to Tom Lee , who allowed us a peek into the priceless vault of Arthur Russell’s demos & release this never before heard work from the great master!
Please enjoy this anthology of intimacy before everyone on it freaks out and doesn’t want you to hear their demos (on the bright side , at least 5 of them will show up at your house and pay you the big bucks to get this back!)
this comp has taken years and years to put together , wow , has it been that long?
Love Above All "
The album shall be named Valimbilo.
Bilo is a disease which strikes one’s mental health, depression is what western societies call it. When one is diagnosed with « voany bilo », a precise medical treatment is engaged and performed without doctors, nor medicine. To vanquish bilo, one has to use music.
The sorcerer solely decides upon the “good” day (the day which gathers the most positive aspects of the astrological conjuncture) to operate: the extended family hosts a ceremony ruled by many taboos, which can last up to a few days, and in which only one remedy is applied in high dosage : some Tsapiky.
They are “doctor” musicians whom talent is source of the cure.
They play for the patient, who has to be facing the orchestra : all of their attention is focused on the bilo, dancing in the sick person’s body : It has to be awaken, seduced, surprised and attacked from every angle before it is pressured, pressured until KO, until it can’t take the it anymore, stuffed with music. Then the patient is relieved, discharged, and the ceremony is over.
During the entirety of the ceremony, the patient picks a person who helps him/her get the bilo out of his/her system, this is what we call “valimbilo”, literally “husband/wife of the bilo”