Substrata 1.3 – Grouper

Substrata 1.3 - Grouper

Grouper is a recording and performing project by Liz Harris, an artist and composer based out of Portland, OR. Harris’ music is a mixture of softly-strummed guitar, Wurlitzer keys, and her delicate, dreamy vocals.

Over the last few years she has quickly nudged herself into the underground spotlight with her peculiarly disarming music. Her journey began with the haunting midnight ambience of ‘Way Their Crept’ released on ex-Deerhoof member Rob Fisk’s Free Porcupine Society label in 2005. The record was instantly praised by British site Volcanic Tongue who described it as a ‘wildcard late entry for album of the year’, and its woozy blend of William Basinski-esque drone and breathy vocals slowly garnered the attention of music fans around the world. What followed over the next few years was a handful of stunning releases, from ‘Wide’ (again on FPS) to the haunting collaborative recording with Xiu Xiu entitled ‘Creepshow’. The following album ‘Cover the Windows and the Walls’ on Root Strata sold out in a matter of weeks.

In 2008 she released ‘Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill’ through cult British imprint Type Records. The album achieved an unprecedented amount of critical acclaim, with respected US webzine Pitchfork mentioning it in their top albums of 2008, touting it as ‘druggy and sexy and arty and pretty, but never pretentious’. In 2009 she toured the USA in support of Animal Collective, released split 7”s with City Center and Pumice. 2010 saw the release of an EP/split called Vessel with Roy Montgomery.

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