Stereogum X Amazon MP3 Friendly Deals #10: Grouper’s Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill

Every few weeks, lets us select one recent release from its MP3 store to go on super sale (up to 75% off normal prices). Hopefully you’ll be able to add these must-own LPs to your library without breaking your budget.

People kept asking us what happened to our Amazon Friendly Deals. Finally they’re back by popular demand, starting with one of last year’s best, perhaps below-too-many-radars albums, Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill. It’s the third collection by Grouper, aka Portland-based conjurer Liz Harris. Dragging’s her first to inspire Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion. More importantly (yes), it’s also her first step in a quietly majestic new direction.

Dragging is a perfectly executed collection of smeary late-night lullabies. Harris’s past full-lengths — Way Their Crept and Wide — were noisier and dronier than Dragging. She’s also upped her vocals in the mix. Old fans will still dig it — the shifts aren’t too radical — but now there are actual new fans. You might think a bit of fellow Oregonian Valet, though with bedroom-recorded Cocteau Twins or Dead Can Dance atmospherics instead of acid-dripped psychedelics. It opens with “Disengaged,” which finds us crashing and rumbling into darkness, before Harris emerges with a quiet lullaby, a hush that remains for the duration of the deeply beautiful 45-minute journey. The final track’s called “We’ve All Time To Sleep,” but Harris’s nocturnal whisper gains resonances and detail with each listen — like a rural midnight landscape slowly coming into focus as your eyes adjust to its crags and furrows — so you’d do best to stay awake. Really, it’s sorta perfect.

Today we’re making Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill available at Amazon MP3 for the price of $1.99. In case you need a refresher:

Grouper – “Heavy Water / I’d Rather Be Sleeping” (MP3)

If you want to continue exploring Harris’ sounds, feel free to check out the non-album track “False Horizon.”

Tags: Grouper