Grouper - Paradise Valley 7"
Label: Yellow Electric
Liz Harris (aka Grouper) returns with a brief eight minutes of music, her first recorded work in two and half years following the fantastic Ruins album. The two tracks on Paradise Valley have all of the quintessential aspects of Harris' best work: bleary soft-focus of bedroom drone-folk illumined with the beauty of sadness. Even as brief as these are, Harris continues to rely less on shoegazing echo to drive the emotional content of her work. Instead, elliptical and hypnotic fragments of song carry the weight – doing so with brilliance. Cut at 45 RPM so you can have an extra sad listen at the wrong speed.