By Simon Vozick-Levinson
October 24, 2008 at 05:30 PM EDT

In the spirit of the Site of the Day that Wook shared with us yesterday, I feel compelled to bring your attention to one more freaky optical illusion. That’s the cover of Animal Collective’s next album, Merriweather Post Pavilion (h/t), and I can’t stop staring at it. See, it looks like it’s moving…but then when you look closer it’s not moving at all…yet if you try looking again out of the corner of your eye it is totally moving, man! So mesmerizing. Much as I dig (some of) Animal Collective’s oddball indie experiments, I am willing to bet that this cover art will turn out to be at least as interesting as the actual music on Merriweather, if not more so. Or do you disagree? We’ll have to wait til the album hits in January to find out.

More on Animal Collective and crazy-lookin’ album covers:
Is that really an old-school bicycle on the cover of Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy?
Jason Lee, Matthew Fox, and Heather Graham take on Beck’s design-your-own cover for The Information
EW goes shopping at a costume store with the members of Animal Collective
PopWatch wonders if listening to an Animal Collective CD (among others) can get you buzzed