Rejoicing in the Hands

Release date
4 May 2004
Running length
16 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 This is the Way 2:52 92,580
2 A Sight to Behold 2:25 71,334
3 The Body Breaks 2:43 104,861
4 Poughkeepsie 2:17 80,446
5 Dogs They Make Up the Dark 1:20 77,779
6 Will Is My Friend 3:03 84,111
7 This Beard Is for Siobhán 2:36 34,620
8 See Saw 3:22 76,388
9 Tit Smoking in the Temple of Artesan Mimicry 1:25 61,884
10 Rejoicing in the Hands 1:41 78,963
11 Fall 2:53 73,181
12 Todo Los Dolores 2:29 75,778
13 When the Sun Shone on Vetiver 3:33 67,066
14 There Was Sun 1:31 70,849
15 Insect Eyes 5:08 78,099
16 Autumn's Child 2:39 70,720

About this album

Rejoicing in The Hands is the second LP from Devendra Banhart, released on May 4 2004 on Young God records. It marked Banhart’s first rise into the indie listening community as he became a poster boy for the so-called Freak Folk scene, with this release and his soon-to-follow “Golden Apples of The Sun” compilation; apart from these associations, it was evidently the first time he had access to better production equipment, so he made his first great-sounding artistic statement, easily eclipsing his relatively scatter-shot debut. The record was critically lauded, with many elite publications comparing him to past “oddly-voiced” musical luminaries, even including Bob Dylan.

This record is usually very minimal; often, the only instruments are Banhart’s voice and acoustic guitar. A few songs feature percussion and other instrumentation, but it’s the exception to the rule. However, he has a noticeable but strangely unique mastery of the two instruments mentioned above, so even when he is alone he is able to elicit more musicality than many bands can muster together. His voice is inimitable and distinct, full of unconventional inflections and intonations that he pairs to his equally strange, atypical lyricism. It needs to be heard to be believed, because if one calls it a warble, it is meant in a good way when referring to Banhart. His guitar work is intricate and tuneful, as he plucks an obviously nylon-stringed acoustic to buttress his melodies.

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