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Zone Out to James Blake’s Animated, Color-Swirling ‘Voyeur’ Video

'Overgrown' is due out on April 8 via Atlas/Republic

picture-18576-1373300776Marc Hogan // April 3, 2013

James Blake’s “Voyeur,” from the U.K. producer’s upcoming Overgrown (due out April 8 via Atlas/Republic), is on familiar ground. Blake’s blue-eyed soul vocals repeat and run through effects, becoming just another element of the music, a hissy, glitchy, post-dubstep take on electro-R&B that evolves gradually and mesmerizingly over the course of the track. Blake originally shared “Voyeur” nearly a month ago as a dub version, and then about a week later BBC Radio 6 DJ Mary Anne Hobbs premiered the album version on her show. Now, as Gorilla Vs. Bear points out, animator Ferry Gouw (Bryan Ferry, Major Lazer) has created a similarly hypnotic video for the track. Progressing from the black of a record to a white fade-out, with geometric whorls of color in between, it functions like an artful, high-concept version of a screensaver or iTunes visualization. “And your mind was on me,” Blake sings again and again; let your mind go.