The freak-folk set will likely recoil at everything on What Will We Be, Devendra Banhart's major-label debut set to drop Oct. 27. You can imagine them hearing the new single and fearing even its name. Baby?! It's so simple! So horribly bro! Where's Old Bean?
The soft, crackling stream-of-consciousness is gone from this single, but it actually goes somewhere. He might not be able to translate his gypsy mystique into a record for Warner Bros., but Banhart proves capable at making tracks that could soon appear in a romantic comedy near you.
(*EDIT: DeVille wisdom just dropped. "Is this like his Newport Folk Festival"?)