Earlier this month we took at the tracklist for Animal Collective’s next album and noticed some familiar songs. Merriweather Post Pavilion is out 1/20 on Domino but some lucky fans won’t have to wait that long to hear it. Clicking around on the band’s website will pop this invitation to a NYC listening party next week. If you go, tell us about it after. If it’s anything like Merriweather’s trippy optical illusion album cover, you’re in for a mind-altering experience.

Is it a vase or two faces?!

No, I’m just fucking with you. Here’s the real deal, via

If your mind is playing tricks on you as it should, that album cover should be undulating. I think. I was at a Crystal Stilts concert until 5 AM so I could be seeing things.

Comments (41)
  1. At first I was sure this had to be an animation, but if you focus on one section of the cover the movement stops.


  2. Chadams  |   Posted on Oct 22nd, 2008 0

    I don’t want to know what Animal Collective has planned as far as scratch and sniff features go two albums from now. They’ve already fucked with two of my senses.

  3. Chris  |   Posted on Oct 22nd, 2008 0

    I prefer the vase.

    Or the two faces. Shit!

  4. panda bear – dude. lets make an album that is just like fuckin strawberry jam.

    avey tare – dude! okay. but after that lets make an album about this fuckin crazy picture! its movin!

  5. ff  |   Posted on Oct 22nd, 2008 0

    It looks like the kids googled opitical illusions and photoshopped someone elses picture.

  6. Steve  |   Posted on Oct 22nd, 2008 0

    Wow,they must be really desperate.

    • Yeah dude. It’s clear Animal Collective has been a creative and commercial rut for the last few albums. They might as well call it quits. When’s that new Vampire Weekend coming out?

  7. pat  |   Posted on Oct 22nd, 2008 0

    ummm no.

  8. apparently i should be taking drugs for this

  9. kurt  |   Posted on Oct 22nd, 2008 0

    I was enailed this image four or five years ago. Any attribution?

  10. gimme  |   Posted on Oct 22nd, 2008 0

    Op Art anyone?

  11. Evan  |   Posted on Oct 22nd, 2008 0

    I’m tripping balls

  12. juano  |   Posted on Oct 22nd, 2008 0

    I think of the vase/two faces thingy inspired the new Bloc Party album cover.

  13. zap  |   Posted on Oct 22nd, 2008 0

    shit, they spiked the water again…

  14. fido  |   Posted on Oct 22nd, 2008 0

    It’s obviously two faces.

  15. can’t wait

  16. It’s fun to look at while listening to the first 45 seconds of”Chinese Democracy.” Other than that, it doesn’t look that great, but God bless ‘em for trying to do something cool with album art. When bands do that, it seems like they put time into trying to make an album special or distinct. I just get all sentimental for physical formats.

  17. kurt  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2008 0

    somebody please tell me i am not the only person that is far far burnt out on the “i should be taking drugs” (or something similar) comments that inevitably get posted EVERY FUCKING TIME SOMEBODY EXHALES A BREATH ABOUT ANIMAL COLLECTIVE!

    not clever.

  18. je  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2008 0

    the best band of my world

  19. Pablo  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2008 0

    Lame cover art, but when the music is that good, they can do whatever the fuck they want with it, and I’ll still buy it.

  20. …drugs

  21. tt  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2008 0

    What they should have done: kept the concept of a moving picture and replace the beans with animal heads, human heads, and controversial female tits.

  22. gaby  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2008 0

    that made me dizzy.

  23. eric  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2008 0

    The undulating pattern part of the design was almost certainly done by Akiyoshi KITAOKA, a professor of psychology in Japan. I think some of his other rotational work is more interesting, but it’s cool to see someone incorporate it into an album cover. Here’s a link to much much more from Akiyoshi:


    Scroll down to the bottom for links to all his other work.

  24. bagel  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2008 0

    Lol! Merriweather Post Pavilion! Can any other Baltimorean LOL at this with me? lol lol lol

  25. zayin_451  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2008 0

    Alright. Not from Baltimore. Missed the joke. Wish to “lol”. Anyone want to help me out?

  26. zayin_451  |   Posted on Oct 25th, 2008 0

    So, they named their album after an outdoor concert stage? I was thinking it would be something like “Merriweather used to be a cool town until they built the Pavilion, and then it was lame”.

    I find it hillarious that AC wrote arguably the best song on their last album about Reverend Green. Who has now become my favorite CLUE character.

    Thanks for the link by the way. I didn’t think to just google it.

  27. hillbilly cyborg  |   Posted on Oct 27th, 2008 0

    I think this is a wonderful idea… seen these all over the internet, but taking it to the printing press is pure genius.

  28. Spiderman 3  |   Posted on Oct 27th, 2008 0

    “Fear of Music”

  29. this could only be better with a little bicycle on the front with a massive basket on it.

    o ya. and 15 years of waiting.

  30. asdf  |   Posted on Oct 28th, 2008 0

    Thank you for your interest in attending the Merriweather Post
    Pavilion listening party. Unfortunately due to the overwhelming
    response and space limitations we can no longer accept RSVPs for this

    Thanks for understanding.

    PS – If you’ve already been contacted about your RSVP please disregard
    this auto-response.

  31. umm  |   Posted on Oct 30th, 2008 0

    i don’t think it looks like a “vase”, but i like animal collective.

  32. bonersphere  |   Posted on Nov 21st, 2008 0

    I’m no Animal Collective die hard, but Strawberry Jam was ear boners and this album cover is eye boners (that’s good). All you haters read into shit too much, it is just album art which is a dying one unfortunately. Even if this wasn’t an illusion it would be appealing and somewhat original, but it moves when your eyes do so…BONus.

  33. william  |   Posted on Oct 29th, 2008 0

    I agree.

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