It’s about Love Songs, a series in which NYLON talks to the coolest couples in the world about how they met, when they fell in love and the songs that define their relationship.
It all started out as a typical day at the local health food store in Los Angeles. Devendra Banhart and Emily Labowe were in parallel lines – he was grabbing paper napkins, she was stocking up on yogurt and kombucha – when they passed each other. Labowe was not going to let the moment pass. Once out of the queue, she sat outside and pretended to nibble in the hope that Banhart had picked up the same vibrations she was feeling. His plan went off without a hitch.
“I was hoping he [talk to me]. I sat outside pretending to eat my lunch, ”she recalls. “He told me he had just returned from Japan, and he didn’t ask for my number, he just asked for my full name.”
Banhart admits he may not have felt brave enough to ask for Labowe’s phone number, but in the spirit of modern romance and armed with his government name, he found her on Instagram and sent him a DM. The flirtations led to their first date, and with a chill in the air, the next logical step was clear: sealing the evening with a solid first kiss.
“We were at my house and I had music, but I was like, okay, what’s the most romantic vibe?” Oh, ‘Avalon’, ”Banhart says. “‘Avalon’ seems like a really cinematic moment for a first kiss. And it worked like that. We have a Dawson Creek kiss moment and ‘Avalon’ started playing. It was really good because we naturally leaned on each other and then this song came up.
Fast forward four years later, and Banhart and Labowe are in love and will soon be collaborators on an upcoming clothing capsule. It’s a simple business – three-piece consisting of a top, bottom and overcoat embroidered with Banhart’s designs – but one perfectly in the couple’s creative wheelhouse. From Labowe’s end comes the necessary manufacturing experience of his underwear line, Poppy Undies, and from Banhart comes a zest for fashion.
Banhart becomes poetic: “I love fashion because it can really affect how I feel. I put something on it just doesn’t suit me. I just feel like pure shit. And I felt something that I really like, the material is nice, the cut is nice. It really changes my perspective. It can be that kind of simple, straightforward form of mood enhancement. It can help you focus a little more, get you into a work mode a little more, or it can help you feel more comfortable in your own skin. Even feel more comforted. I think it really has enormous use.
The clothing capsule marks the couple’s very first collaboration and morale is high. “I am so inspired by watching him, his music and his art,” Labowe said. “I feel so lucky to be able to do something with him.”
“I just got Venmo Em $ 400 to say that,” Banhart jokes and Labowe laughs.
Below, the couple break down their favorite love songs, from legendary Brazilian singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso to the best shoegaze tracks to amplify a dreamy vibe.
“O Leaozinho” by Caetano Veloso
“A classic from the one and only Caetano Veloso. It means “Little Lion” in Portuguese. This song has been with me since I was a teenager, and when we heard it together, Em immediately said “Oh wow, this is our song!”
“7th element” by Vitas
“The always mercurial Vitaly Vladasovich Grachev or more simply known as Vitus, drew our attention to Opera # 2 with an incredible falsetto, but it was his viral hit 7th Element that stole our buttocks and hearts. is eye-catching, fun, and crazy in the best way!
“Avalon” by Roxy Music
“Ah, the sound of Lomanx, which of course is a combination of luxury and romance. These elegant sounds were the soundtrack of our first kiss.
“All my essays” by Nick Drake and Gabrielle Drake
“It’s one of the songs we often sing together at home. It’s a heartbreaking song about a mother singing to her children on her deathbed, telling them not to cry too much, saying their trials will soon be over. It is so beautiful and devastating.
“Kinky Love” by Pale Saints
“This classic shoegaze always puts us in a dream atmosphere.
“Let’s fall in love tonight” by Lewis Baloue
“The Jandek of romance, Lewis!” “