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Portland, Oregon, United States (2005 – present)

Grouper is the solo project of musician Liz Harris, from Portland, Oregon, United States. Harris’ music is a mixture of softly-strummed guitar, Wurlitzer keys, and her delicate, dreamy vocals.

Harris’ first album was 2005’s Grouper, a self-released full-length CD-R, followed later that year by Way Their Crept on Free Porcupine (re-released in 2007 on Type Records). Other recordings include 2006’s He Knows, released as a 3” CD, the 12” Weird Forest release Wide in 2007, and a 7” called Tried.

She released a collaboration album with Xiu Xiu in 2006, entitled Creepshow, as well as contributing a remix of “Tonite & Today” to 2007’s Remixed & Covered compilation.

Harris released her third full-length album, Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill, in 2008. It featured at number 37 of Pitchfork’s 50 Best Albums of 2008 - a previous review on the site praised the album as “druggy and sexy and arty and pretty”. A review on Drowned in Sound called it “deeply meditative, almost spiritual… one of the most delicate, affecting albums of the year”.

In March 2009 it was announced that Grouper would join the lineup for The Fans Strike Back!, an All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Minehead, Somerset held from 8 to 10 May 2009.

In the spring of 2009, Grouper was the supporting act for the high profile Animal Collective tour in support of the latter’s 2009 release, “Merriweather Post Pavilion.” NBC Washington’s “Concert Picks” column said of Grouper, “The ambient one-woman band Grouper also makes this show a must-see (if you have tickets or connections or luck – otherwise, sorry, it’s sold out, sold out a long time ago).


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  • UntilYouReform

    Was not expecting this from "Ruins," but I wholly enjoy it.

    19 Oct 3:49am Reply
  • Ali-Red

    The only thing more boring than R-mac's 'review' is the impotent vocabulary he uses to describe sound/music its almost devoid of any adjectives or analogies that relates to the objective qualities and characteristics of music. but nice try at being edgy kid, have a cookie.

    17 Oct 7:41am Reply
  • LucasBloomOne

    Massive Anus, oh, you

    15 Oct 11:10am Reply
  • Massive_Anus

    id love to taste her tears

    14 Oct 12:23am Reply
  • dramatist

    i love the new album

    13 Oct 2:44am Reply
  • rewinddude

    I really want to wait it out. Gotta agree that Alien Observer is her best, a total classic.

    8 Oct 4:15pm Reply
  • Walenta

    Heavypop Review:

    7 Oct 2:51pm Reply
  • Robo-Alaska

    ruins is great though, her most pure and emotionally resonant work yet. think alien observer is still my favourite, but maybe that'll change after listening to the new one some more.

    7 Oct 6:44am Reply
  • Robo-Alaska

    were you honestly expecting a drone/ambient project to be fun?

    7 Oct 6:41am Reply
  • sgp1

    Whatever you say, man.

    6 Oct 11:21pm Reply
  • R-Mac

    come on yall. don't be mad that watching paint dry is more fun than listening to grouper. I still like her stuff. Lol

    6 Oct 7:32pm Reply
  • Spaceboy_

    The classical piano throughout Ruins hooked me so quickly.

    4 Oct 9:19pm Reply
  • inphanta

    How I never discovered her music earlier, I do not know. Alien Observer and Dream loss are simply wonderful, and now I need more.

    4 Oct 2:22pm Reply
  • YanShlyakov

    "Holding" is one of the best songs of the year for sure. I cried.

    4 Oct 12:47pm Reply
  • sgp1

    Yo, grouper is literally the opposite of boring. HOW DARE YOU

    3 Oct 2:34pm Reply
  • Abetancourt_

    "Ruins" makes me turn myself into a burrito of melancholy. Beautiful,

    3 Oct 2:53am Reply
  • jbp06c

    a new grouper album on halloween, its gives me feelings of nightmare before christmas....looks like it leaked, ill wait

    2 Oct 5:25pm Reply
  • affasf

    winter plan: good books, black tea, Ruins.

    2 Oct 12:34pm Reply
  • Massive_Anus

    terrible analysis, r-mac.

    2 Oct 1:09am Reply
  • UniverseinBlue

    Ruins really is some of her best, insane to think she has all this unreleased work

    1 Oct 3:33am Reply
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