Sunday, October 21, 2012

Grouper "Dragging A Dead Deer Up a Hill" LP Review

Grouper "Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill" LP

   Imagine yourself wandering above your body in a  flickering forest of dreams,caught in the gentle winds of a fading snow storm. Unconsciously guided by the whispers of a distant voice, enchanting as the song of a siren. Making  you drift along the currents of invisible rivers as you close your eyes.To me, this vision is relative to the ambiance captured in Groupers 2008 masterpiece, “Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill.”  The brain child of Portland,Oregon's Liz Harris has been releasing records under the Grouper moniker since 2005. For me the picture this record creates is reflective of the balance found at the heart of nature. It embodies such a desolate & empty feeling at times that makes you fall into the drone of its oneirogenic trance, while enticing the listener in such a captivating beauty like a lullaby being sung to a sleeping child by the breath of mother earth. Its atmosphere is layered in  the silken webs of echoing synthesizer's, melodious acoustic string vibrations, & Harris sighing surreal lyrics through the voice of a nostalgic ghost. Groupers “Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill” is a record that takes it's listener into a sleeping world that's wide awake,masterfully concluding on the peaceful lullaby, “We've All Time To Sleep”.....    

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