Portable are proud to premiere dublab’s latest in their VisionVersion series, which pairs talented directors and musicians with the secretive and often magical spaces of Los Angeles.
Their newest instalment finds heavenly freak-folker Devendra Banhart in J.F Chen’s Loft, surrounded by the ancient artefacts and contemporary works that showed as part of the Johnson Trading Company’s “Superba” exhibit. Populated with Egyptian chaise lounges, mounted antlers and iron candelabras, the space is at once earthly, global and yet somehow otherworldly – the perfect stage for Banhart’s intimate and simmering soundscapes.
Opening with his classic love jam “At the Hop” before slipping into tremulous Spanish ballad ‘Quedate Luna’, Banhart’s voice amidst the stillness and beauty of “Superba” is at times so diaphanous we find ourselves holding our breath to preserve its spell, as the camera shifts between the singer-songwriter cross-legged beneath kaleidoscope lights, and the works of artists including Matthew Sullivan, Kwhango Lee and Eddy Sykes.
To see previous instalments of the VisionVersion series featuring Javelin, Daedelus, Ariel Pink and more, head to dublab.