Grouper   Shade
3.6
great
Release Date: 2021
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4.0 excellentDaneleslie | October 25th 21

Some of her best acoustic material. Kelso felt like pure sunlight

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3.5 greatrainylandscapes | November 20th 21

Another album of delicate beauty from Liz Harris. This is also my petition to stop labeling
any music that features an acoustic guitar "folk"

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3.5 greatajcollins15 | October 28th 21

The newest album from one of the world's most interesting ambient folk outfits sees them continue to dabble in the very somber and dark sounds and styles that they have been known for. This album is quiet and hushed but powerful in what it needs to do, but still, this album feels very safe for the group and they continue to not really explore anything new, and eventually, I fear this style will eventually dry up for them.

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3.5 greatErwann S. CONTRIBUTOR | October 26th 21

Liz Harris always was about sad and minimalistic stuff, but dayum this might be her at her saddest and most minimalistic - nods to Elliott Smith ("Unclean Mind") and Nick Drake ("Promise") sure testifying about this approach. It's in these moments that Shade manages to recreate Harris' oh-so-comfy-sadness, whereas louder tracks feel outta place. 3.5

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4.0 excellentBedex | October 23rd 21

Another album where I don't get what happened. I was really quite enthralled by the first four tracks. The noisy intro track evokes the s/t debut a fair bit, and its contrast with the clean folkiness of 2 is really quite beautiful. 2-4 are superb songs, like DaDDuaH but without the fx, and all feel so comfy especially 4. It's not as sad a vibe as some of her other records either. Then 5 truly is the question mark here. On another album it might feel like cool experimentation, but in the context of this one it is hugely disruptive to the flow and doesn't fit at all. It is loud, full of fx, has a beat in places, and really abruptly contrasts with the vibe set beforehand. It's especially frustrating when 6 takes us back to the simple pretty folk, which really makes 5 stick like a sore thumb. 6 is really pretty, but the recording is kind of weird, with a few pauses and start/stop/restarts, as if this was a practice session and not the finished recording. Still beautiful. 7 reaches the heights of 2-4 again and feels like a warm bath, o so perfect. 8 has morre fx again, but here the transition actually works as it is relatively subtle and maintains the vibe before morphing into a ghostly atmosphere. The closing track, although again pretty, also shows how this album could have gone boring if it had lasted a lot longer. It is probably the simplest track here, and I am not convinced it really does much in the way of concluding the album. Had it been more consistent, better concluded, and especially 5-less, this could've been a 4.1-4.2, but as is these painful issues drop it to a 3.8

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0.0 North0House2 | October 22nd 21

IT IS SO QUIET WHY I CANT HEAR ANYTHING.

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4.0 excellentAndrew Walker | November 29th 21
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2.5 averageYotimi | October 30th 21
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3.2 goodWinesburgohio STAFF | October 22nd 21
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3.5 greatemmny | October 22nd 21
4.0 excellentgnardude | October 22nd 21
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