Nivhek
After Its own Death/ Walking in a Spiral


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dewinged CONTRIBUTOR (57 Reviews)
February 12th, 2019 | 67 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sounds from the afterlife.

Death must feel like wandering a Liz Harris record on repeat. There must be some sort of portal in her apartment in Astoria, a gate to the other side of music where she usually harvests otherworldly sounds and endless layers of reverb. The artist better known as Grouper is back from the void with a new set of ethereal souvenirs, this time under a brand-new moniker.

Nivhek is a collection of recordings made by Harris during residencies in Azores (Portugal) and in Murmansk (Russia), as well as home recordings made in her home. To link the dots, her time in Portugal made also possible the release in 2014 of Grouper's piano driven Ruins, an improvised affair in solitude that served Harris to deal with what she described at that time as "emotional garbage". In this sense, Harris first collection of works as Nivhek is of the same raw and fleeting nature. The four tracks that comprise After its own death / Walking in a spiral towards the house exist without a structure, stretching out like a never-ending dream and registering everything that's happening in the room at the moment of the recording with vivid fidelity. From Harris' oneiric singing to people entering the room and talking in the middle of After its own death's side B, everything seems to have been preserved as it happened, including a violent distortion burst in the midst of it all.

In comparison to last year's Grid of Points, this project seems more focused on Harris' experimentation with instruments she has played with during her long-time career as Grouper. As such, there are long Mellotron passages, abyssal guitar parts and field recordings, all through the broken lens of unstable pedal effects captured through her usually modest recording methods. Her voice is scattered through the first 2 tracks, elusive and celestial, and it disappears completely through sides C and D. This means that her first work as Nivhek might just be an outlet for her most unpredictable instrumental sessions, separating her latest work as Grouper which features Harris' voice in abundance from the loose canon of this archived material. Regardless of Liz Harris' intentions with this new release, After its own death / Walking in a spiral towards the house is just one more addition to the artist's fantastic catalog, and hopefully the first of many unearthed secrets to be recovered and released in the future.



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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2019


16298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wish to read a review of this by Winesburghio, but in the meantime here's some thought.



Discuss, enjoy, and rejoice. More music from Liz Harris, stream here:



https://grouper.bandcamp.com/album/after-its-own-death-walking-in-a-spiral-towards-the-house

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calmrose
February 11th 2019


5049 Comments


sweet

this rules

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Hawks
February 11th 2019


72554 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

NICE

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hal1ax
February 11th 2019


13880 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sickle cell anemia

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2019


7430 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yessss, was wanting someone to write one for this

Brb reading

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Slex
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2019


7430 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Big Pos, good review

After Death Side B might be my new favorite song of hers

brainmelter
February 11th 2019


6508 Comments


yaaaas

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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2019


17267 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review, although I guess most people would say “connect the dots” not “link” but hey go yr own way. Didn’t know she was a Queens lady neither

zaruyache
February 11th 2019


21133 Comments


hyped, though I'm procrastinating this and like 2 other albums.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2019


16298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks everyone, and yeah Rob, "connect the dots" seems more natural than "link the dots", just wrote it without much thought but I guess it conveys the meaning anyway.

calmrose
February 11th 2019


5049 Comments


"Didn’t know she was a Queens lady neither"

think you're mixing up different Astorias, she lives in Astoria, Oregon

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2019


16298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah Portland, had a little confusion with that myself too when writing it.

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2019


3177 Comments


I wonder if she knows this project name is almost Kevin backwards

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2019


16298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You know what, I actually researched to see if there was some old boyfriend sort of connection that would throw some light on why the new project name but alas, nothing was found.

Winesburgohio
Staff Reviewer
February 12th 2019


2595 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review and good sleuthing lad

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Winesburgohio
Staff Reviewer
February 12th 2019


2595 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it deleted my hilarious snoop dogg parody than immediately ensued possibly because of inappropriate language

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2019


16298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Wines. Are you cooking smth for this? Would love to see you working your magic on this one.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
February 12th 2019


24723 Comments


"back from the void with a new set of ethereal souvenirs"

love the choice of words here. nice review, Dewi! can't wait to hear this thing

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MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2019


9424 Comments


Not much of a drone guy, but I appreciate the depth put into the review. Gives a good overview of how this would proceed.

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Papa Universe
February 12th 2019


22234 Comments


cannot wait to not listen to this.
after its own POS/walking in a POS



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