Stephen Malkmus Shares ‘Shadowbanned’ Video

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Stephen Malkmus released the video for new single, “Shadowbanned.” The song will appear on Malkmus’ forthcoming album, Traditional Techniques, out on March 6 via Matador.

“Shadowbanned” sees Malkmus reflecting on the modern world: connectivity, commercialism and identity. The Jan Lankisch-directed video mirrors these reflections, featuring a number of Stephen’s friends — Mac DeMarco, Jason Schwartzman, Kim Gordon, Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Conor Oberst and more — using a “Being Stephen Malkmus” Instagram filter developed by Lankisch and Janosch Pugnaghi. Also, all images of the real Malkmus are blurred or pixelated.

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“The video was inspired by reading about female singers and musicians who were photoshopped from their album covers by an Iranian music streaming site,” Lankisch said. “Identity is a matter of design. People like to play with characters and pretend to be someone else.”

Check out the video for “Shadowbanned” below:

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