Grouper Xiu Xiu

Earl Hamilton
• Wednesday, 04 November, 2020
• 8 min read

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Please tell my story on every radio and television station and in every newspaper and magazine in the U.S. Please leave immediately if you have a weak stomach or mind since I don't want to cause physical or mental distress.

Unfortunately, this is the only way to make good the frightful wrong I have done you and wipe out by abject humility. Excuse the blood, but I have slit my wrists and neck.

It was the intention that I would die in the woods so that it would take a few days before I was possibly found. To give some semblance of an explanation I'm not a human, this is just a dream and soon I will awake.

It was too cold and the blood was coagulating all the time, plus my new knife is too dull. If I don't succeed dying to the knife I will blow all the shit out of my skull.

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Background informationBirth name Elizabeth Anne Harris Born (1980-07-15) July 15, 1980 (age 40) West Marin, California, U.S. Origin Astoria, Oregon Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter, producerYears active2005–presentLabelsYELLOWELECTRIC, Root Strata, West 25th, Peak Oil, Cranky Associated acts Mirroring, Slow Walkers, RAM, Dixie, Ilya Ahmed, Inca Ore, Roy Montgomery, Helen, Niche Grouper is the solo project of American musician, artist and producer Liz Harris (born July 15, 1980). Grouper released the critically acclaimed Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill in 2008, followed by five more records, including a two-part album, A A, and the piano-led album Ruins.

Harris was born July 15, 1980, in Northern California and grew up around the San Francisco Bay Area. She grew up in a Fourth Way commune there which was inspired by the philosophy of George Gurdjieff.

The community was known as “The Group”, which would later serve as some inspiration for the moniker Grouper. According to Harris, the kids called each other and the parents 'groupers' sort of as a defiance.

After finishing college, Harris briefly moved to Los Angeles, where she worked with Mayo Thompson at Patrick Painter. Harris’ first album was 2005 ’s Grouper, a self-released full-length CD-R, followed later that year by Way Their Crept on Free Porcupine (re-released in 2007 on Type Records).

In 2006, she released a single (He Knows), one album, called Wide, and a collaboration with Dixie entitled Creep show. Harris made available new material steadily through the years, and continued to collaborate with various artists such as Roy Montgomery and Bela.

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Pitchfork gave it 8.2 stars calling the work “an arresting album of pastoral psychedelic pop”. Early in 2012, Grouper performed Violet Replacement in the UK and Europe, a pair of long form tape collage pieces which originally took shape for commissioned performances in New York and Berkeley.

Besides, she collaborated with Jess Fortin of Tiny Vipers to release an album Foreign Body under their common moniker Mirroring. At Berlin's Club Transmediale festival in early February 2012 Harris performed Circular Veil in collaboration with Were Cantu-Ledesma.

Somewhere between an installation and a performance, it found her extending her more concise music outward into eight hours of music, designed to mimic one full sleep cycle. Grouper's studio album titled Ruins was released on October 31, 2014.

The album is relatively stripped-down; piano, voice and field recordings. The majority of the album was recorded in Alter, Portugal in 2011, while Harris was on a residency set up by Valeria He dos Boys.

That same year she appeared on The Bug'album providing vocals for the track “Void”. In 2015, Grouper collaborated with an independent filmmaker Paul Clip son on the film Hypnosis Display, commissioned by Leeds Opera North.

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In 2017, Grouper was one of the curators for the 11th edition of the Dutch Le Guess Who? Her curated program included films La Double Vie DE Véronique by Krzysztof Kielowski and Lighthouse by Paul Clip son and music performances from artists Marisa Anderson, William Basin ski, Marcia Bassett & Samara Labels duo, Boltzmann/Leigh, Skin Film, Meiji Having, Roy Montgomery, Coby SEY, Tiny Vipers, Wolfgang Vogt and Richard Young's.

During her days as a part of a Fourth Way commune, Harris' primary sources for discovering music were limited. With a little help from her parents, whose musical tastes were eccentric and divergent, she discovered Eastern European folk and American avant-pop.

Through her father, who himself was a composer, she would later discover contemporary classical and early music. In 2008, when she released Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill, Pitchfork compared it to classic ethereal releases from the British label 4AD, drawing comparisons to Cocteau Twins and early His Name Is Alive.

The Portland Mercury described some songs from the album, such as “Wind and Snow” and “Stuck”, sonically reminiscent of the Renaissance period composers Geraldo and Monteverdi. Collaboration with Jorge Behring er under the artist name “Flashlights" (2006) Visitor,, 10" vinyl.

Collaboration with Ilya Ahmed (2011) Foreign Body, vinyl and CD. Collaboration with Tiny Vipers under the artist name “Mirroring” (2012) Slow Walkers, vinyl.

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Collaboration with Lawrence English under the artist name “Slow Walkers” (2013) The Event of Your Leaving, vinyl. Collaboration with Were Cantu-Ledesma under the artist name “RAM" (2013) Felt This Way/Dying All The Time, 7" Vinyl.

Collaboration with Jed Lineman and Scott Simmons under the artist name “Helen” (2013) Void and Black Wasp (taken from Angels and Devils and Exit EP), vinyl. Collaboration with The Bug (2014) The Original Faces, CD and LP.

Collaboration with Jed Lineman and Scott Simmons under the artist name “Helen” (2015) ^ Harris revealed her birthdate in a post via her official Instagram account, which reads: “Two months I squealed my way into the world on Ian Curtis birthday” (Curtis was born July 15, 1956).

Two months later I squealed my way into the world on Ian Curtis' birthday, who died two weeks after the eruption”. ^ “Interview: Grouper and Paul Clip son discuss 'Hypnosis Display “.

^ “Explore Grouper's curated program for Le Guess Who? I spent much of time this year listening to dance singles, web mixes, and podcasts.

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The reissued, Fallout Records, is a UK label that specializes in reissues of lost music from the 60s and 70s. Having been blindsided by their first album, A Heap Of Broken Images, back in 2006, I have been eagerly anticipating their next instrumental full length.

Kingston and Young God combine samples from classical, blues, soul, movie soundtracks, and other places unknown with their own instruments such as pedal effects guitar, cello, and keys. The eclecticism of their tastes really shines in their style of Godspeed dramatics with boom bap beats.

Tracks like “I Can't Live Without You” highlight the sheer madness of Blackstone's vocal dexterity over chamber orchestral arrangements. David Axel rod was known for his productions, and his own album captures his variety of styles: jazz, funk, electronic, classical, and the prototypes of hip-hop.

Number Group has been doing fantastic deluxe reissues of lost funk and soul of the 70s and 80s for a few years now. The Frogs sound like early Pixies or Nirvana demos, but with a passion and humor really unheard by my ears since Dixie.

While XiuXiu's main drive is emotional intensity, The Frogs use satire to highlight the ridiculousness of the fears of the socially conservative. Two musicians known separately for their work in experimental music come together to remind us how to use the physical space of a studio.

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All sounds on this album were original recordings from Lambkin's home: the radiator, the creaks in the floor, the silence/noise of the various rooms/hallways, the neighbors talking through the wall, etc. Using the physical medium of tape to stretch, distort, and splice, Lambkin and Lescalleet remind us of the power of sampling: the ability to recontextualize and present something new from something old, tried, and common.

Grouper has always had potential, but I found the concepts on her earlier stuff to be done much better by bands like Charlalambides and Christina Carter's solo work. What ended up happening is a melancholic fresh take to the late 80s 4AD roster such as Cocteau Twins and His Name Is Alive.

I first heard of Guilty Simpson from Mad lib and Jay Dee's Jay lib project and Dab rye's Two/Three. Erik Skin, half of Deaf Center, snatched up Ultra Article after Lamps put out the fantastic 2006 release, Pofigistka.

Classical cello and piano, electronic flourishes, and field recordings are combined to evoke haunted Lynching memories with Russian folk tale flair.

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