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Watch St. Vincent As A Giant Crumbling Sculpture In 'Cheerleader'

A new video for St. Vincent's song "Cheerleader," from last year's Strange Mercy, tackles the theme of the song, objectification. In the video, directed by Hiro Murai, the band's Annie Clark is a giant sculpture on exhibit and wanting to escape that role of being looked as an object. What ensues is simply beautiful and poignant.

The piece feels like a reference to Australian sculptor Ron Mueck's work — especially Mask II or In Bed. Mueck's pieces use hyper-realistic style and extreme scale (some gigantic, some miniscule) to play with the viewer's expectations of the human body. They seem so lifelike you feel they could get up and walk around the gallery.

You can listen to a concert from St. Vincent and hear music from Strange Mercy and more recorded in November at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC.

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