[HEROIC AMBIENCE] Portland’s Liz Harris, aka Grouper,
probably won’t ever be slotted into the same category of chanteuse as
Sharon Van Etten or Angel Olsen. What Harris has done in more than
[TORTURE PORN FOR THE SOUL] Rumor has it that, back in its No Wave heyday, Swans
would play so loud it’d cause audiences to vomit. That’s probably an
urban myth, but it might as well be true
When Liz Harris gets going, she just can't stop. Recording under the moniker Grouper, Harris has crafted some of the most beautiful late-night music to come out of the Pacific Northwest in a long time, with treated guitar, swirling feedback, and her ghostly voice dominating my post-midnight soundtrack for most of 2008 with the elemental Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill. Now Grouper is back with a new ...