He believes in love, he believes in magic, and taking rides on dragons. This is what happens when kirtan meets Devendra Banhart. This song, “Let It Be Told,” by devoted Brooklyn yipster (hipster+yoga) Stevie Weinstein-Foner (SWF) “is like yoga for your ears” according to MTV Hive where it was recently featured.
A self-described mystic/musician, SWF can be found on the Brooklyn yoga scene, joining in on kirtan sessions or traveling the country playing festivals. But it was only after traveling the world without (from the Grand Canyon to Central America) to the world within (via yoga and meditation) that he wrote his debut album, out this October 8 on Brooklyn indie label Mecca Lecca Recording Co.
SWF told MTV Hive:
“All of the songs were written either before leaving for a long journey, or after returning from one. I see the act of living as traveling, journeying — we are all walking a path, or as Ram Dass says, ‘We’re all just walking each other home.’ So songs are reflections, stories, sermons that illuminate our paths.”
On a journey he is, Ram Dass quoter. He’s like a perkier Julian Lennon, a more subdued and monotoned Rufus Wainwright. And his “Let It Be Told” has enough meditative repetitiousness to bring chanting to a whole new indie music level.
He says of the song:
“I often wake up and go straight into my story, my trip about how it is and how I am and how she is and how they are, but none of that is really true, it’s the story that I tell myself that keeps me being who I think I am,” Weinstein-Foner said. ”So I want to live for something better, something higher, I want to live in a higher vibration. I want to live for magic. I want to live for and in love, connected to this deep oneness, to soul. I’ve definitely got my hang-ups, but this is what I’m working towards.”
Preach it, yogi-san. Those may be lofty neo-hippie goals, but listen to this song in its entirety and you tell us if this repetitive jam doesn’t get lodged in the caverns and crevices of your humming machine. Higher vibrations? Maybe. An earworm the size of 50 yogis laid head to toe with harmoniums? For sure.
Russell Brand doppelgänger acoustic version:
We’re waiting for the extended kirtan remix.
Also, here’s this hippie beach version of a song he wrote called “Warrior.”
image via swf’s facebook page