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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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  • scomatsho

    viral on lastfm? Didn't know that was a thing.

    21 Jul 12:22pm Reply
  • AnthonymBeck

    Lucky for being able to appreciate her music. Also, I didn't discover Grouper through last fm. I was listening to Deerhunter radio via spotify and asked for it to play songs similar to "White Ink" and one of her songs came up I had never heard her before but I was instantly drawn to her music. I think I'm lucky that I appreciate and enjoy something that I feel is so serene and intimate. Though to be fair, I feel that way with other music too. Also, I don't listen to Grouper because it requires patience, I listen to it because I enjoy it. Maybe patience guides my palette. Patience is a good quality when it comes to ambient/drone music. That doesn't mean patience as in waiting for something to occur within the song. But I'll check out Arvo Pärt and Morton Feldman too, thanks.

    21 Jul 6:24am Reply
  • papermoon13

    v Excuse me, who said that she was twenty year old? And why is it so bad to be twenty year old? Is it important while listening to good music? Damn elitist hipsters nowadays.

    17 Jul 7:34pm Reply
  • mortauxvaches_

    lol 'we are fucking lucky'?!?! what for? for having internet? you want some music that requires patience please refer to Arvo Pärt, Morton Feldman but not to a 20 something year old that just happened to go viral on lastfm.

    17 Jul 8:55am Reply
  • jinzou

    opening my wounds and stitching them with currents

    12 Jul 12:44am Reply
  • delayecho

    healing my wounds

    23 Jun 1:36pm Reply
  • Ariskapp9

    ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ -That

    22 Jun 11:06am Reply
  • EmptyNothing


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  • AnthonymBeck

    Ignore the people who say it's overrated or boring or some shit. This is beautiful music and not everyone can have the patience to truly appreciate it. Especially in today's atten deficit world. We are fucking lucky.

    25 May 6:19am Reply
  • Spaceboy_

    If you think Elizabeth Harris' highly evocative music is any way 'overrated' or 'boring', fight me. I am in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, bring it.

    25 May 2:55am Reply
  • Keolia

    A favorite.

    24 May 9:13pm Reply
  • SiMonvmentvm

    v !!!

    24 May 8:35pm Reply
  • mortauxvaches_

    overrrated as fuck

    21 May 11:11am Reply
  • Galgenvot


    14 May 9:24pm Reply
  • MaxPower83654

    <3 beautiful mental jukebox!

    14 May 6:56pm Reply
  • past_tale

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    8 May 8:46pm Reply
  • krashevil

    seasons change and so does her listener count lol

    5 May 7:49pm Reply
  • corinaige

    her music makes me cry so much, in a good way :')

    3 May 10:14pm Reply
  • SrJohnnyCat

    It doesn't exist enough words to describe how much I love Grouper. ♥♥♥♥♥♥

    1 May 6:26am Reply
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