Grouper is the solo project of ambient guitar musician Liz Harris of Portland, Oregon. Her music is a mixture of softly strummed guitar, Wurlitzer keys, and delicate vocals. Layered with a lot of reverb and tape delay effects, Grouper’s music creates a sonic space reminiscent of those moments right before falling asleep, when the mind is still conscious, but at a more relaxed state that is sheltered from the harsh realities of life and with tendencies towards free association and somnambulism.
Debuting with her first album, "Way Their Crept" in 2005, Grouper slowly increased her notoriety by collaborating with Xiu Xiu on 2006’s Creepshow, before blowing up with her breakthrough album "Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill" (Type, 2008), which arrived during a wave of ethereal dream-pop to become one of the most talked-about and critically-acclaimed albums that year, and topped many underground music charts. The album also caught the notice of Animal Collective, who asked Grouper to be the supporting act of their 2009 tour and subsequently invited her to perform as part of the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival they curated in 2011.
Her latest release, the 2-part album, "A / A", (Yellow Electric, 2011) is a much-anticipated follow-up that sees Grouper moves further away from singer-songwriter territory into a realm of disintegrating tape loops and fleeting references to classical repertoire from Satie to Messiaen. These fleeting moments of pseudo-recognition, glimpses of hidden ghosts within the layers of voice, guitar and keyboard, set Grouper apart from the more overt tape-sampling artists and bring her music into the subjective kingdom of memories, dreams, apparitions and déjà vu.
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