“I Am the Shaman” first appeared on Donovan’s 2010 album, Ritual Groove, and Lynch actually co-produced the track at his studio in Los Angeles. The new video is centered primarily around footage of Donovan performing the ghostly tune, although it’s packed with plenty of Lynch-ian flourishes, from surreal close-ups of Donovan’s floating head to abstract shots of ocean waves and star-filled skies.
In a statement shared on his Facebook page, Donovan recalled making the song with Lynch: “It was all impromptu. I visited the studio and David said … ‘Sit at the mics with your guitar Don’. David in same room behind control desk with my [wife] Linda [Lawrence]. He had asked me to only bring in a song just emerging, not anywhere near finished. We would see what happens. It happened! I composed extempore … the verses came naturally. New chord patterns effortlessly appeared.”
Donovan added of Lynch in particular, “David and I are ‘compadres’ on a creative path rarely traveled.”
Along with releasing the video for “I Am the Shaman,” Donovan is also rereleasing the song as a stand-alone single. It’s available digitally, while there will also be a special 12-inch vinyl run, limited to just 200 copies.