Video: Grouper – Made of Air / Holding

Seven out of the eight songs on Liz Harris 10th studio album Ruins was written and recorded using a 4-track recorded, a piano and not much else in 2011 around abandoned ruins in Aljezur, Portugal; all scarcely layered, beautiful and ghostly piano driven pieces that sound clearer in structure than any of Grouper’s past albums. The exception to Ruins formula is its 11-minute finale “Made of Air”. Home recorded nearly a decade ago in her mother’s house (and seven years before the rest of Ruins), it’s a strange mood breaker, taking a much darker turn, and leads us back to the drifting ambient drones of pre-Dragging a Dead Dear Up a Hill era Grouper. Also listen to “Holding” below and pay attention to the difference in sound; between the pair, Harris crafted something that feels like a summary of her past and present selves.

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