8 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With their eerie textures, spare pianos, and whispered vocals, Liz Harris' songs send shivers up your spine, even as they emanate a certain warmth, like a ghost story told by a close friend. Recorded at an artist retreat in Portugal, Ruins is her most accessible release, with spectral odes like "Call Across Rooms" and "Lighthouse" eschewing the looping techniques of previous work for spare arrangements of piano and voice. "Labyrinth" pulls you in with circular piano lines, while Harris' vocals in "Holding" drift by like clouds as samples of a thunderstorm populate the background.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With their eerie textures, spare pianos, and whispered vocals, Liz Harris' songs send shivers up your spine, even as they emanate a certain warmth, like a ghost story told by a close friend. Recorded at an artist retreat in Portugal, Ruins is her most accessible release, with spectral odes like "Call Across Rooms" and "Lighthouse" eschewing the looping techniques of previous work for spare arrangements of piano and voice. "Labyrinth" pulls you in with circular piano lines, while Harris' vocals in "Holding" drift by like clouds as samples of a thunderstorm populate the background.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

roestra ,

A Study In Sparsity

With Ruins Grouper showcases her dead-on use of space to rigidly control for the wistful, self-harmonized chords she so often makes use of. It's deceptively sad music, like much of her output, but there are hints of a flame among the decay that sets the vast majority of the album's tone. At once featherweight and oppressive, this is another fine record from a woman who bathes the cold horrors of our lives in a soft light.

JJaiceyJJay ,

I'm Completely Enchanted!

Such haunting beauty that lingers in your mind for days!

Blood99 ,

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I love grouper!

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