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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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  • EnderFoShowYo

    you just have banana ears is all

    21 Nov 6:29pm Reply
  • herkyjerky

    Don't understand all the fuss and raves over this artist. I tried the Dead Deer album a few years back that everyone raved about and now I tried the new one, Ruins, but her music sounds to me like mediocre cliches of little talent or substance beyond the level thousands of bedroom novices could muster anytime. There are so many female artists mixing singing and some kind of ambient/drone/experimental/electroacoustic/etc music at a way higher level than this. Just my opinion.

    21 Nov 5:09pm Reply
  • EnderFoShowYo

    snoring

    20 Nov 7:54pm Reply
  • queosol

    hm not bad for cold stale winter mood music

    19 Nov 4:52pm Reply
  • SiMonvmentvm

    @ Orbonen: Dude she looks exhausted in every picture I've seen of her. I wouldn't be surprised if she was insomniac. Sooooo tired, soooo sleeeeepy.

    18 Nov 11:22pm Reply
  • forestt

    ruins and dragging are pretty different. both fucking gr9 tho.

    17 Nov 7:52pm Reply
  • dyrp

    Ruins is perfect music right now. [i second this opinion]

    16 Nov 1:23pm Reply
  • Orbonen

    does she ever sleep? she looks like she's perpetually on a 24 hours without rest

    12 Nov 8:58pm Reply
  • patisawesome121

    New album is boring

    11 Nov 4:32am Reply
  • Eman SCSA

    Usually, I don't like to brag about anything related to Portugal. But I'm quite proud about the fact that Ruins was recorded in my country and inspired by it.

    11 Nov 1:49am Reply
  • Massive_Anus

    Who cares?

    11 Nov 12:41am Reply
  • helloimjoshua

    definitely not better than Dragging

    10 Nov 5:56pm Reply
  • leeisfreee

    good

    9 Nov 11:46pm Reply
  • callinallcreeps

    Ruins is much better than Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill.

    9 Nov 6:41am Reply
  • Kouremas

    Ruins is perfect music right now.

    8 Nov 2:07pm Reply
  • Finnegannon

    Ruins is amazing, a pox on the naysayers

    7 Nov 6:28am Reply
  • da-ICEMAN

    extremely boring .... sorry

    4 Nov 8:59pm Reply
  • rewinddude

    Holding is the best track yip yip.

    4 Nov 5:29pm Reply
  • Mork_Laerer

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    3 Nov 3:52pm Reply
  • grantlewiss

    clearing :')

    3 Nov 3:23am Reply
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