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2CD on Kranky incl. Dream Loss and Alien Observer.
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This is a 2 x CD re-issue of Liz Harris 2010 two part album subtitled 'Dream Loss' and 'Alien Observer'. Now Grouper is one of those artists who has a very distinctive sound. She basically writes solemn hymn like compositions and slathers them in so much dusty detrius that the melodies get lost amongst the murk and the whole thing becomes a heavenly dream like distant blur. Its hard not to enjoy such an intoxicating broth and its always a sign of a distinctive artist when you see people everywhere attempting to replicate the sound. The thing is that at its best like on 'Soul Eraser' the ghostly production is not a mask for a lack of songwriting nous and there are terrific melodies hidden in there somewhere. Each track sounds like a genteel strummer like a Lois or the haunting melancholy of Beach House after being kidnapped by ghosts. There are eerie tape loop effects add to the overall sense of unease yet theres a soothing quality to the muffled sounds. A one trick pony? Yes, perhaps but 'when you stumble on something distinctive its best to utilise it effectively and to extremes. There's always all that other music out there you could listen to when the distorted swirling muffled dreaminess reaches overkill.
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