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Grouper - Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill

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Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill by Grouper

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9/10 according to on Fri 01 Oct, 2010

***NOW FULLY RE-RELEASED ON WAX & CD BY THE LOVELY KRANKY, THIS REVIEW IS REFERING TO PAST ISSUES BUT IS QUITE RELEVANT...***

Grouper. More commonly known as Liz Harris, she's become a real cult smash on the underground in the past 2-3 years and many of us here have been seduced! I think this album has been out for years on Type but is HIGHLY sought after on vinyl. So now here's a private (re)press edition, now in a B&W sleeve. Many of her works are built around elements such as long, decaying, fuzzed-out drift 'n' drone washes, often with eerie, gliding disembodied vocals hovering spectrally in the ether. This album is a different beast though. There's a lot of hazily strummed acoustic guitar plus a deliciously weird chamber vibe throughout and her (beautiful) voice sounds multi-tracked & amorphous which adds a real air of otherworldliness & mystique to proceedings! This is a more intimate song-based album than some of her ghostlier outings and I think there's definitely strong psych-folk elements to this record. Yet it kind of has its own unique spiritual agenda & soundworld. Is it post-post-rock? It is certainly a rather haunting and spellbinding listen! I'd surely recommend it to fans of Christina Carter in that there's something beautifully ethereal yet very earthy & pure about this Woman's music. Don't delay as we probably will run out quite quickly!

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Press release

-I held my breath and stared at them until they parted the air around me like a curtain. 

* This is a new reissue of Grouperʼs breakthrough 2008 album which has been out of print on all physical formats for the last few years. 

* Press quotes for Dragging a Dead Deer...: 

“Thereʼs a deeply meditative, almost spiritual beauty to these tracks; a melancholy thatʼs simultaneously strangely hopeful.” Drowned in Sound 

“This remarkable album is actually what I personally always wanted 4AD records to sound like, only they never quite delivered the hazy pleasures their beautiful sleeve art promised.” Pitchfork [8.2]

* “A psych-folk bent for harmonic discord and atmospheric dread finds something forever sinister lodged at the album's heart: thekind of beauty that makes sailors run aground.” Mojo

“More than just a pretty acoustic record, Harris, through Grouper, has created a startlingly vivid and brooding shoegaze gem that works in spite of its length and first impressions.” Sputnik

Tracklisting:

1.Disengaged  2. Heavy Water/Iʼd Rather Be Sleeping  3. Stuck  4. When We Fall  5. Traveling Through A Sea  6. Fishing Bird (Empty Gutted in the Evening Breeze)  7. Invisible  8. Iʼm Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill  9. A Cover Over  10. Wind and Snow  11. Tidal Wave  12. Weʼve All Gone to Sleep

 

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Latest shipping update (7th May 2013): OK we've just heard it's been repressed and the UK distro are expecting it in their next batch from Kranky. We've not been given a date but hopefully it's not going to be too long!

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