Album Stream: Interpol's Paul Banks - "Banks"

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Interpol's Paul Banks' first solo album under his own name is the unimaginatively titled Banks, which Merge will drop next week, but you can stream it now via YouTube. Don't worry: the record's far more unpredictable and complex than its title, and you can tell that right off the bat from first track "The Base," which cuts from a moody minimalist ballad driven by a bubbly, looped guitar riff and slow-burning strings into something way bigger with a huge and unexpected - well, we'll let you hear for yourself. We're loving how effortlessly Banks builds complex, endlessly relistenable songs on top of simple looped guitar - "Arise, Awake" is another great example.

Press play on the video below to stream the whole thing. If you want to change the song, click the first symbol in the right-hand column to switch to other tracks within the playlist.

Pre-orderBanks, out a week from today.