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Parquet Courts - "Black and White"

New MusictheneedledropComment After dropping the rigid, rollicking title track from their sophomore album Sunbathing Animal last month; Parquet Courts are now offering a second glimpse of the project via the considerably wilder "Black and White." The song features the band's trademark snarky vocals, but throws a couple of great guitar and electronic freak-outs into the mix. Check it out above and enjoy!

Sunbathing Animal is due out June 3 via What's Your Rupture? and Mom + Pop. A gentle reminder their debut album was pretty sick.

Nils Frahm - "Says"


Ambient composer Nils Frahm sneakily dropped one of 2013's prettiest albums, Spacesnear the end of the year. A puzzling mixture of live recordings and reenvisionings of past tracks, it was moving and interesting nonetheless. And now one of its best cuts, the striking "Says", gets the video treatment. The YouTube page for it says it is an improvised experiment with "inks on glass and a video feedback device," which results in the beautiful, abstract black and white visuals.

Watch it above and go lend an ear to Spaces, out now on Erased Tapes.

Devendra Banhart - "Für Hildegard von Bingen" (video)


Singer/songwriter Devendra Banhart has dropped a new video for "Für Hildegard von Bingen," a smooth cut off his last album, Mala. In the video, the titular nun escapes the convent and has success working as "a VJ on rotation". Story aside, it's shot in beautiful hi-contrast black and white, while Devendra lurks in the background like an omniscient spirit.

Mala is out now on Nonesuch.