the head healer. peace and love to my friends at Humboldt Relief :)
Grouper, the radiant electric-acoustic/drone project of Liz Harris, makes the move to Kranky for this set of unreleased tracks. Recorded alongside the sublime Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill, these tracks have the feel of those sessions. Thus, it contains moments of opaque, hazy beauty to which fans of Grouper are accustomed. Possessing an outstanding discography, I consider the majority of the releases necessary listening. Often I refer to Grouper as the 'Head Healer' due to the capacity of her voice to assuage ills and lift one from malaise. Perpetually, I could write about Grouper's singular style and effective use of reverb and tape delay that permeate the waiting soul of the listener. Yet, it's Liz's voice that provides the serene vibrations, leading one to the gateway of the heavens. Mellifluous and opaque, accompanied by lovely reverberating keys and strummed guitar, her art possesses an omnipresence that hovers like the azure sky on a tranquil day.
As with any of Grouper's releases, The Man Who Died In His Boat is highly recommended. Already, it has been pressed numerous times. Secure one of the remaining copies through Kranky.
peace and love, friends :)