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Grizzly Bear's 'Mourning Sound' Video is Commentary on Women's Liberation

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Lifted off the band's fifth studio album, Painted Ruins, out Friday. 

Grizzly Bear released today a campy, surreal new video for "Mourning Sound," off the New York band's forthcoming fifth studio album, Painted Ruins.

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Directed by Beatrice Pegard, the visual was filmed in Paris and stars Harry Potter actress Clemence Poesy moving around a whimsical mansion. Altogether, the video offers "playful, pastel-drenched commentary on women's liberation," Pegard says, punctuating the dreamy colorscape and social undertones.

There are allusions to motherhood and marriage throughout, highlighting the strength in femininity. After a woman navigates a field of standing men, the group of featured femmes dance together in what appears to be a strange, celebratory ritual. The grand finale? Rainbows shooting from one of the subject's breasts.

While "Mourning Sound" centers almost entirely on women, it's important to note Pegard's NSFW inclusion of naked male butts, which are used as bongos in several scenes--our instrument of choice.

Watch Grizzly Bear's "Mourning Sound," below, ahead of Painted Ruins' release on Friday, August 18.

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