Sunday, May 2, 2010

Grouper- Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill (2008)

One of 2008's often overlooked gems, Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill by Portland's Liz Harris, stage name Grouper, is one of my favorite records of all time. Fans of the hypnotizing drone of Animal Collective's Campfire Songs, Grizzly Bear's Horn Of Plenty or Pocahaunted's Island Diamonds will fall instantly in love with Harris' beautiful mix of ethereal vocals and delicate guitar. Acoustic drone is such an awesome concept, one that Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill executes drenched with haunting emotion and heartbreaking beauty. Songs like "Heavy Water/I'd Rather Be Sleeping" and "When We Fall" are personal favorites, both full of Harris' reverb-covered moans, where her falsettos seem to pierce the soul. Harris' unique mix of folk, drone and psychedelia has cemented her position in the experimental scene and her work is now getting the recognition it deserves. Don't miss this one. Skip track one, start with "Heavy Water/I'd Rather Be Sleeping." I opted for that picture up there instead of the artwork (it's creepy) because that is one of my favorite pictures of a musical artist. So cool.

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