Aidan Baker Claire Brentnall Delirious Things

Nadja’s Aidan Baker and Claire Brentnall hide a Rorschach in a music video

This five-minute psych test will tell you a lot about yourself.

- Dec 5, 2016

Have you ever seen a face in the moon? It's the product of a psychological phenomenon called pareidolia, where the mind perceives a familiar pattern where none exists. It's likely part of some old evolutionary advantage related to quickly identifying threats.

The Rorschach test exploits this — the brain's proclivity to connect the dots — gaining insights into a respondent's mental state by having them project their feelings onto indeterminate inkblots. The video for "Delirious Things," by Aidan Baker of Canadian, Berlin-based drone outfit Nadja, and accompanied by vocalist Claire Brentnall of the UK dream-pop band Shield Patterns, functions similarly.

Aidan Baker w/ Claire Brentnall - Delirious Things (Pleasence/Gizeh Records)

The video is an exercise in mark-making, activating the mind's peculiar want to read figuration even in abstraction. Slashes are added to the tick of the hi-hat. Then, they vary, multiply, and erase themselves with the song's tidal breath. It is a slow-growing and enigmatic ethereal wave curiosity. Brentnall stretches her voice like a layer of delicate organza, scattering it, diffusing "Delirious Things" into a warm ambient glow.

It is a portal where you can lose yourself, then, find it again.

aidan baker & claire brentnall

Aidan Baker with Claire Brentnall 's Delirious Things is out January 27, 2017 on Pleasence Records and Gizeh Records.

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