grouper – dragging a dead deer up a hill (2008)


huge ups to new friend tyler a. for filling me in on the beautiful stylings of grouper while i was in philadelphia this past weekend. what’s good, homie?

portland’s elizabeth harris, armed with only a guitar, a slew of effects pedals, and her voice, explores haunting, melancholy soundscapes throughout dragging a dead deer up a hill, a title that seems out of place on such a seemingly peaceful record. however, once you spend some time in harris’ world, you’ll find that all is not merely sweetly distant vocals and soft, fuzzy guitar. something dark, maybe even menacing lurks beneath the waves here, and trying to put your finger on it while losing yourself in elizabeth’s gorgeous layered vocals, sweeping washes of noise, and neatly plucked guitars will keep you occupied for a while. a perfect record for the slowly creeping desolation of winter in the north and one of the most intriguing efforts of 2008.


3 Responses to “grouper – dragging a dead deer up a hill (2008)”

  1. Ryan Says:

    I like this. Good review, I especially liked the last sentence.

  2. Alex Says:

    thats a really creepy album cover, draws me in well, must try

  3. Brian S Says:


    this album is amazing

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