mp3: new Grouper – Call Across Rooms
"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.
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." -- Liz Harris on Ruins
After listening to the new Grouper album in the dark 4 times in a row, it's apparent that Liz Harris recording on an upright piano during a storm in Portugal is about as devastating as it gets. Ruins is out on Halloween 2014 via Kranky, with an edition of 500 self-released, letterpressed LPs coming on Harris' own Yellow Electric. Listen to the yearning, lovesick "Call Across Rooms":