Written by: Jen Dan
Blind Boy De Vita is a Swiss-Italian gentleman living in Switzerland whose deep, hypnotic baritone somewhat reminiscent of a younger Johnny Cash. He holds potent sway on the acoustic guitar, making it do things that you seldom hear on records these days.
De Vita’s music draws from a wide range of influences, which includes North African trance music, prog-rock, and a style called maskandi. It’s pretty wild stuff, full of self-effacing humor and crazy vocal theatrics.
Debut single Hold the Knight is hypnotic to sizzling number (replete with bursts of psych-guitar fireworks) and its accompanying video, directed by Jonas Ruppern, is also pretty trippy.
On the video De Vita alternates between several personas: sage, student, hipster, and something of a psychedelic leprechaun. If you like your music to be complex and slightly askew in a Zappa-esque way, then this will fit the bill!
Hold the Knight was taken from the album Cumpa, which will drop via Mouthwatering Records in the near future in the form of an artisanal chocolate bar created in collaboration with a fair trade start-up called Schöki.
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