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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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  • rewinddude

    Anyone catch any of the Hypnosis Display performances? Awesome drones and visuals, left feeling up in the clouds.

    Yesterday 10:48pm Reply
  • Blaine_The_Mono

    I find "Dragging a Dead Deer..." her best record, perhaps because it's not all washed out, ambient alike chanting, but more coherent, folk-oriented playing. Yet still blurred and ghostly one: perfect combination. The rest of Grouper's discography is still worth a listen, though.

    22 Jul 11:58am Reply
  • Considerables

    so haunting, holy fucking shit

    21 Jul 3:01pm Reply
  • DylanJenx

    My favorite artist of all time. <3

    16 Jul 6:02am Reply
  • mikkasscar

    This gets me quiet, fragile brilliance...

    12 Jul 10:19pm Reply
  • ParisFenix

    ¡Magnifica!

    7 Jul 7:20pm Reply
  • redevol727

    V The Man Who Died in His Boat V, it's from the same recording sessions that created Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill so some of the tracks have a similar sound. You should also listen to the AIA series, especially Alien Observer. It's more ambient but definitely worthwhile.

    26 Jun 3:09am Reply
  • ijilk1

    Is there something that worth a listen aside from Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill?

    25 Jun 12:33pm Reply
  • edenic

    I'm really glad I found her music before I died.

    14 Jun 5:57am Reply
  • Zioluza

    That discography size is a little overwhelming

    5 Jun 6:05pm Reply
  • past_tale

    Grouper [debut album, 2005] or AIA or Cover the Windows and the Walls

    3 Jun 8:10pm Reply
  • alex9339

    loving Dead Deer to death right now - which of Liz' works should I check out next?

    3 Jun 5:21pm Reply
  • somewhatdoomed

    Julianna Barwick

    1 Jun 7:59pm Reply
  • danwramrich

    Besides her others projects like Mirrorring, Raum, Helen and so on, you can have a listen at Noveller, Jessica Bailiff, Birds of Passage, Windy & Carl and Tim Hecker (in case you enjoy ambient pieces).

    26 May 4:08am Reply
  • vulcanarchist

    So... can anyone recomend anything that actually sounds anything like Grouper?

    24 May 6:20am Reply
  • nineteenineteen

    Really looking forward to hearing the collaboration between her and Kevin Martin on the upcoming Bug release. I just can't get that sound sorted in my head (a good thing, IMHO).

    30 Apr 11:44am Reply
  • DylanEngelbach

    liz iz the best

    21 Apr 6:17am Reply
  • SiMonvmentvm

    Quite nice, quite nice. Kind of sounds like a female Have a Nice Life at times. Or not.

    20 Apr 5:39pm Reply
  • TMonterrey

    magic

    2 Apr 7:03am Reply
  • automatonomous

    and this sounds nothing like the post apocolyptic nuclear fallout white noise wind that Natural Snow Buildings passes off as music. I'd love to hear a collaboration bwtween Grouper Liz and Hisato Higuchi...produced by David Grubbs.

    25 Mar 7:51am Reply
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