Grouper reveals new track “Call Across Rooms” from upcoming full-length Ruins, released 31st October via kranky‏

September 11, 2014
Jason Bokros

Jason Bokros


  Grouper’s new album Ruins is set to be released on October 31st via Kranky, and in anticipation of its release a new track entited “Call Across Rooms” has surfaced. In a brief interview with Vogue magazine Liz Harris explains the meaning behind this heady, gentle and beautifully subtle song…“Call Across Rooms was being about equal parts love and loss. The song is on one level very plain and literal, about a letter I wrote for someone I loved and could not get along with…One a more subconscious, poetic level, it is a letter to myself, as aspiration to love better.” 


  About the album, Liz Harris explains in her own words…”Ruins was made in Aljezur, Portugal in 2011 on a residency set up by Galeria Zé dos Bois. I recorded everything there except the last song, which I did at mother’s house in 2004. Iʼm still surprised by what I wound up with. It was the first time Iʼd sat still for a few years; processed a lot of political anger and emotional garbage. Recorded pretty simply, with a portable 4-track, Sony stereo mic and an upright piano. When I wasnʼt recording songs I was hiking several miles to the beach. The path wound through the ruins of several old estates and a small village.”
  “The album is a document. A nod to that daily walk. Failed structures. Living in the remains of love. I left the songs the way they came (microwave beep from when power went out after a storm); I hope that the album bears some resemblance to the place that I was in.”
Track listing:
1. Made of Metal
2. Clearing
3. Call Across Rooms
4. Labyrinth
5. Lighthouse
6. Holofernes
7. Holding
8. Made of Air
Songwriting of this calibre needs no embellishment.” Drowned in Sound [9/10]
Nobody sounds like Grouper.” Pitchfork best new music

A masterclass in medicated bleakness.” NME

Rather than be pulled into the darkness, Harris boldly searches for meaning in this gorgeously reproduced world.” Consequence of Sound

For all the gossamer beauty of The Man Who Died In His Boat, its roots are strong and sure, anchored to corporeal exploration as well as straining at its bodily anchor.” Dazed

“It’s hard, at time, to tell if Grouper’s music is intended as an innocent lullaby or more of a much-needed narcotic of a sleeping pill.” – Vogue

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