AOTY 2021

Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill

Grouper - Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill
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Based on 6 reviews
2008 Ratings: #20 / 779
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Based on 346 ratings
2008 Ratings: #9
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an amazing mix of ambient and psychedelic folk. the reverb on this makes it so dreamy and beautiful, along with her vocals which really adds to the atmosphere. listening to this while falling asleep was an amazing experience, it makes you feel very empty and hollow. these songs are so simple and minimalistic, yet there's so many textures and sounds that all make it the masterpiece it is.
Grouper filled a space I never knew was empty. She manages to blur the edges between the artist and the environment in her music through the heavy use of looping and reverb. I like to think that she buries herself below the surface of her songs. Instead of being in the foreground, the listener needs to parse through a dense thicket of noise to uncover Liz Harris's soft voice. Songs bleed into each other, and the lyrics are typically indiscernible. As someone who loves getting lost in music, ... read more
mom im sad
For those far mental departures

EDIT: I think the last thing people usually pay attention to, when listening to Grouper, are Liz Harris' lyrics, as the distant, muffled limbo of her voice and guitar is what the whole thing is about. However, I've been really starting to focus on her lyrics, and I urge anyone who enjoys her music to do the same; her writing is phenomenal. Hopefully someday she'll be recognized for how powerful her writing is, along with the rest of her music.

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absolutely phenomenal recording

Strong 7/10
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Track List

  1. Disengaged
  2. Heavy Water/ I'd Rather Be Sleeping
  3. Stuck
  4. When We Fall
  5. Traveling Through A Sea
  6. Fishing Bird (Empty Jutted In The Evening Breeze)
  7. Invisible
  8. I'm Draggin A Dead Deer Up A Hill
  9. A Cover Over
  10. Wind And Snow
  11. Tidal Wave
  12. We've All Time To Sleep

Year End Lists

#32/Consequence of Sound
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