Grouper’s “Political,” “Emotional” New Album ‘Ruins’ Due on Halloween

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 08.14.14 in News

Liz Harris has announced her next album as Grouper. The singular dream-pop minimalist will follow last year’s The Man Who Died in His Boat with Ruins, due out on October 31 (hey!) via Kranky.

According to the announcement, Harris created all but one of the album’s nine songs in Aljezur, Portugal in 2011 on a residency arranged by Lisbon nonprofit and venue Galeria Zé dos Bois. She made the last song, “Made of Air,” at her mother’s house in 2004.

“Iʼm still surprised by what I wound up with,” Harris says in the announcement. It was the first time Iʼd sat still for a few years; processed a lot of political anger and emotional garbage. Recorded pretty simply, with a portable 4-track, Sony stereo mic and an upright piano. When I wasnʼt recording songs I was hiking several miles to the beach. The path wound through the ruins of several old estates and a small village.”

She continues: “The album is a document. A nod to that daily walk. Failed structures. Living in the remains of love. I left the songs the way they came (microwave beep from when power went out after a storm); I hope that the album bears some resemblance to the place that I was in.”

Last September, Harris released a seven-inch single with a new band called Helen. Prior to the stunning The Man Who Died in His Boat, her releases include 2008 breakout Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill, a 2007 split with Inca Ore and 2005′s Way Their Crept.

Grouper's 'Ruins' cover art

Grouper, Ruins (October 31, Kranky)

1. Made of Metal
2. Clearing
3. Call Across Rooms
4. Labyrinth
5. Lighthouse
6. Holofernes
7. Holding
8. Made of Air