Liz Harris, better known as Grouper, has unveiled a new project called Nivhek and surprise-released an album under the moniker. Titled After its own death / Walking in a spiral towards the house, it's a double record of “opaque assemblages of Mellotron, guitar, field recordings, tapes, and broken FX pedals,” according to a press release. The experimental ambient compositions were created during and after residencies in Azores, Portugal and Murmansk, Russia as well as at her home in Astoria, Oregon.
Harris claims to have been inspired by her 2014 score for filmmaker Paul Clipson’s Hypnosis Display and calls the album “a requiem, a ritual, to unlock and release feelings … a toxic concentrated reduction of something much darker bubbling beneath … wraithlike and ethereal, their existence in the mist questionable.” Last year, Harris released her eleventh Grouper album Grid of Points, which made KEXP’s 2018 top local albums list.
Listen to After its own death / Walking in a spiral towards the house and purchase the 2xLP on Bandcamp below.
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