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Pacific Northwest sound experimentalist Grouper just self-released a two-part album called A I A on her Yellowelectric label, one particularly excellent cut from which is the spectral “Alien Observer.” Here, that relatively pop-leaning and hypnotic song by Liz Harris is paired with equally strange and beautiful visuals by director Hamish Parkinson. The images in Grouper’s video alternate back and forth from the hazily obscured to the brightly direct, but remain shadowy, confusing, and oddly sexual throughout. Towards the end, things become more sinister, and we certainly get the feeling that we’ve observed something completely alien (at least to us). (via Gorilla vs. Bear)

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