Grouper
A I A


4.0
excellent

Review

by INFINITY ACTRESS USER (5 Reviews)
August 21st, 2011 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Grouper once again proves her mastery over atmosphere and ambience can create a truly stunning experience.

Imagine floating amongst the ocean tide. The waves caress your body as you gaze up at the boundless night sky. You are engaged in perfect relaxation, both your mind and body are at complete ease. This is the scene that the music of Liz Harris, under the pseudonym Grouper, portrays. Grouper creates sonically rich ambient tones and carries your ears with soothing drones. On her fourth release, the double LP A I A: Dream Loss / Alien Observer, Liz takes you on a voyage through the cosmos, to the bottom of the ocean, and even into the realm of your subconscious. She takes you by the hand, leading you through comforting sonic waves and layers of dense soundscapes.

On Dream Loss, Grouper provides a less immediate sound, with pieces expanding gradually over time as they slowly open up, releasing huge walls of sound and crushing noise. An example is the track “I Saw a Ray,” where Liz immediately follows the previous track and opens with a dense wave of distortion that slowly envelops you, while less menacing tones dance above your head, just out of your reach. As Dream Loss progresses, lo-fi guitars create layered winds while Liz’s comforting croons lay buried, seeming lost in the inescapable void of sound.

On Alien Observer, Grouper presents a more comforting experience as opposed to the uneasy fog of a looming storm that carried Dream Loss. She presents a calming atmosphere, and brings forth some of the acoustic singer songwriter elements seen on her last album, Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill. On the title track, Liz carries you through the stars while her soothing voice and floating chords encompass you in a realm of beauty and mystery. Alien Observer puts you at complete ease, wandering through the farthest reaches of space, indifferent as to whether or not you’ll ever return home again.

A I A has Grouper at the top of her game, once again proving that her mastery of atmospheres and ambience creates a stunning experience. With two full length LPs, clocking in at a total of 80 minutes, this colossal collection is perfect for a nightly stroll, long drives, or just looking out at the stars. A I A invites you to immerse yourself in pure sound, and to take a blind dive into unknown territories; you never know where you’ll end up.


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Rev
August 21st 2011


9437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A short write up I did for a webzine I contribute to


It's pretty terrible, so crits and suggestions would be killer

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 21st 2011


15051 Comments


alien observer is pretty excellent

dream loss seems sorta lazy

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 21st 2011


50575 Comments


I bump for you

Drsmith4
August 21st 2011


1715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"On her fourth double LP, A I A: Dream Loss / Alien Observer, Liz takes you on a voyage through the cosmos, to the bottom of the ocean, and even into the realm of your subconscious."

This is a little unclear and reads as if Grouper has released 3 double LPs already, which she hasn't. Other than that, this is a pretty killer review for one of 2011's most overlooked sleeper beauties. So many cigarettes have been smoked to this.

Write more.

psykonaut
August 21st 2011


3913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

last sentence is a run-on sentence.
love you rev.

Rev
August 21st 2011


9437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks Dan, I kind of fixed that. I really should write more, but getting me to open Word is quite a challenge haha


@psyko, I had to leave at least one blatant fourth grade grammar error in there somewhere haha

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 21st 2011


50575 Comments


You have 3 more reviews than me
I'm so jealous


Ire
August 21st 2011


41803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

aoty sup

Maniac!
August 21st 2011


26250 Comments


rules

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 21st 2011


15051 Comments


come softly :]]]

Taxt
August 22nd 2011


658 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I wish this had a wider physical distribution, I want to own this

iFghtffyrdmns
August 22nd 2011


7047 Comments


I didn't make it past "caress your body" before I became erect and had to leave the review to go watch some porn.

So I'll just assume the rest was good and give you the pos you most likely deserve.

North0House2
August 22nd 2011


5877 Comments


Harris is just so good at making beautiful music.

I don't like female vox, but I really enjoy hers, they're just so fluid and soothing. They kinda remind me of Enya's at times, or something.

Digging: Ef - Ceremonies

Rev
August 22nd 2011


9437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I didn't make it past "caress your body" before I became erect and had to leave the review to go watch some porn.

So I'll just assume the rest was good and give you the pos you most likely deserve.


thanks babe ;)

Ire
August 22nd 2011


41803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ya aoty. oh and pos


edit: there's a little italicizing mistake in the third paragraph



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