Originally released in 2013, this album was recorded by Liz Harris alongside her best-known work, Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill. It’s in the same stylistic ballpark - ethereal, heavily reverbed electric guitar and vocals with dark and mysterious undercurrents, sometimes swimming into clearer focus when Harris switches to acoustic. Out of print for a while and now back on CD.
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Well it's always nice when an artist you love casually unearths an entire album of unreleased material. Liz Harris is a favourite of many of us here, we love her somnolent ethereal ghost-folk and grainy drone-scapes to bits. As these tunes are from the 'Dragging a Dead Deer...' sessions they fall largely in the former category and hence often sound a little like Low playing in a room two doors down in a virtually deserted hotel with the weight of history and some untold tragedy bearing down on the smattering of remaining guests. It's strange for a "sister album" to be released many years later, 'The Man Who Died...' is very much related spiritually to the other, possibly her most popular album and is, to these ears, effortlessly of the same high quality. Fragile angelic vocals, minor key strumming, spectral murk and a pervading atmosphere of delicious melancholy...It's no wonder she's so popular.
Music like this is a true reflection of the world we live in but carries with it a certain peace and quiet hope rather than despair and darkness. Grouper is one of those artists to treasure, you can never quite get enough of her beguiling music, it is precious, personal and intoxicating but like Li’l Biz said yesterday, maybe not for any old moment of the day. This is why I'm gazing out of the window at home on this cold, grey final day of January 2013 writing this and getting those wonderful goosebumps rather than inflicting it on her party-loving lugs back at the office. Nuff said...here's some more of that pure beautiful genius.
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