It’s not entirely shocking that Liz Harris’s Grouper hasn’t achieved much in the way of commercial success. Built on a sturdy foundation of drone, folk and ambient, the Portland-based artist has crafted a rather labyrinthine catalog of music. Difficult as it may be for the average listener, digging deep into the murky depths of Grouper’s uncompromising sound just may reveal the hidden depths – and the ethereal beauty – Harris so often strikes.
Last year’s “Ruins” stands as one her best recordings yet. The record, composed primarily of Harris’s ghostly voice, plaintive keys and ambient soundscapes isn’t the type of album to leave an immediate impression, but does stand a fair chance of winning over audiences with enough time, patience, and an ear for subtlety. It’s a gorgeous record front to back, and one of the best-kept secrets of 2014.
More information regarding Grouper can be found at Kranky Records’ website.