After its own death / Walking in a spiral towards the house

Nivhek - After its own death / Walking in a spiral towards the house
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2019 Ratings: #219 / 737
User Score
Based on 169 ratings
2019 Ratings: #436
Liked by 6 people
February 8, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
YELLOWELECTRIC / Label
Ambient, Drone / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters
This is a deeply spiritual, if not religious, experience. And it seems, somewhat inevitably, to have a certain preoccupation with mortality in many of the ways that grief functions as recurring pain, always present, but never the same twice.
83
Pitchfork

The new project from Grouper’s Liz Harris contains some of her most beguiling work. Spread across two long, contrasting ambient compositions, her music remains in an enigmatic class of her own.

82
Resident Advisor

After Its Own Death / Walking In A Spiral Towards The House feels less like a reinvention than a continuation of certain elements of her music that have laid dormant for several years. It is an engaging example of an artist continuing to push herself and find new avenues into her distinctive sound world.

55
Spectrum Culture
Ambient’s supposed to be both interesting and ignorable. This album is the former in its first half, the latter in its second, both less often than we’d like.
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75
(DAY OF DRONE #01)

Wow. I'm convinced that Grouper can never make a bad album. She has this certain sound, one that not many people have, which is putting the typical ambient/drone sound and combining it with beautiful vocals and other weird experimental elements. And yeah sure, a lot of ambient artists have vocals in their albums, but most of the time it's spoken word, or just singing really nothing, basically just "aaaaaa" and "eeee" or "ooooo". And on this ... read more
knewnie
70
(DAY OF DRONE #01)

crushing.

Elizabeth Harris remains the queen of ambient. not only has she snagged one of my coveted 100 spots, but she's just so damn consistent at making the most forlorn, melancholic, and emotional ambient around. Grouper's long and diverse catalogue contains many, many, MANY gems if you're willing to dig around and get lost in her lofi, hazy fog, and i implore you to do so if you have not already, but we're here to talk about Nivhek. this might be her most minimal, ... read more
TreyLikesBands
93
DAY OF DRONE #01
Great

Wow, this album really did something to me. Now I’m waiting for humanity’s impending doom, and I’m looking forward to it...

Color: Death
FAV TRACKS: nothing is possible
notbuzzzila
90
PHENOMENAL (DAY OF DRONE #01)

Just one album in and we've already struck gold. The debut studio album by Nivhek--AKA Grouper--is either a double album or a two track long record depending on the way you look at it. Technically it's comprised of two songs, but they're both long enough to be entire albums anyway. The first half is called After its own death, which is significantly longer than the second half, Walking in a spiral towards the house. Both of these sections of the album are ... read more
laz456
85
I like this quite a bit but sad, spacey ambient is my weakness so take my opinion on this with a grain of salt.

Edit: Raising my score from a 7.5 to an 8. I've been listening to this a lot!

Edit 2: Raising the score again- I am obsessed with this record.
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Track List

  1. After its own death: Side A
  2. After its own death: Side B (feat. Gabie Strong, Christopher Reid Martin & Michael Morley)
  3. Walking in a spiral towards the house: Side C
  4. Walking in a spiral towards the house: Side D
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Added on: February 8, 2019