Grouper - Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill LP
Released by Kranky Records. Highly recommended. Blurb from Foxy Digitalis review:
"On her 3rd outing as Grouper, Liz Harris strides forward with her most fully realized album to date. Where previous efforts were more or less focused on the creation of ambient spaces that masked the underlying song structures of each of Harris?s pieces, ?Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill? finds her striking a fine balance point between the two creating an amazing cycle of dreamy melancholic pop songs. The twelve down tempo cuts on this album envelope the listener in a swirling fog of sound; acting as a transportation device to those quite hours in the morning where the fog and chill of night are just starting to lift and one can begin to see the first rays of light glistening off the dew. Those beautifully still hours when the world slips momentarily into silence while shifting between night and day. There?s a sense of sadness that pervades these songs, but Harris manages to circumnavigate the tendency many may have to bog the listener down in a mire of despair, but instead offers up a more contemplative atmosphere."