Friday, March 09, 2018

Grouper - "Parking Lot"


Grouper has shared the first single from her new album, Grid of Points. "Parking Lot" is an ethereal track that fits amongst Grouper's best work.

When speaking on her new album, Liz Harris shared "Grid Of Points is a set of songs for piano and voice. I wrote these songs over a week and a half; they stopped abruptly when I was interrupted by a high fever. Though brief, it is complete. The intimacy and abbreviation of this music allude to an essence that the songs lyrics speak more directly of. The space left after matter has departed, a stage after the characters have gone, the hollow of some central column, missing."

Similar to her approach towards her last album Ruins, which was her "unplugged" album written and recorded in an isolated part of Portugal, Grouper retreated to Wyoming for a week-and-a-half long writing and recording session to spawn her latest record. "Parking Lot" follows the same trajectory of Ruins and finds Grouper at her most abstract, behind a piano that reverberates around the room. It's soft and delicate like one would come to expect, but the dense layers of fuzz that once made Grouper's sound have vanished, leaving us with more of her sparsest work to date. It's a true showing of how her elegance can shine through, even when devoid of her signature elements. Grouper is truly a timeless sound and her ability to shape her music into harrowing works of art continues to astound us.


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