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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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  • vulcanarchist

    Grouper is basically my favourite person in the world and I'll shank y'all for dissing ruins. It's wonderful.

    2 hours ago Reply
  • eldritchdark

    I love nearly everything Grouper has made but I'm already done listening to Ruins. It's just boring.

    Yesterday 1:07am Reply
  • Massive_Anus

    I think it's flawless

    Yesterday 11:56pm Reply
  • Vjunkie

    Loving the new album <3

    Yesterday 10:12pm Reply
  • feelyourlines

    Clearing is her best track since Heavy Water/I'd Rather Be Sleeping. Shame the entire album doesn't follow suit with that quality, but that's just my opinion.

    Yesterday 10:04pm Reply
  • impartially

    it's not bad

    Yesterday 8:10pm Reply
  • danwramrich

    Ruins, very beautiful music. Liz Harris can do no wrong. I think I like her ambient side most. Violet Replacement, STS, Made of Air are my favourites.

    30 Oct 4:00am Reply
  • skullmaggot

    Love Her.

    29 Oct 9:27pm Reply
  • fmustang91

    I feel like Ruins is the album I've always wanted Grouper to make, despite the fact that she actually made it three years ago. Easily my favorite album of the year.

    29 Oct 7:19am Reply
  • basementscene

    I love you

    28 Oct 11:49pm Reply
  • Massive_Anus

    even p4k liked it

    28 Oct 9:17pm Reply
  • MockProjections

    I want to live in her music.

    27 Oct 1:41pm Reply
  • Seperat0r

    Made Of Air really is a perfect track. It's the kinda ambient stretch that I've been looking for for years.

    23 Oct 9:57pm Reply
  • 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: http://www.heavypop.at/grouper-ruins/

    7 Oct 2:51pm Reply
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