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, Ruins (October 31, Kranky)
1. Made of Metal
3. Call Across Rooms
8. Made of Air