The Needle Drop

Grouper- "Alien Observer"

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On this title track from one of Grouper's two new albums, Liz Harris creates "vastness," and packs it into three minutes of arpeggios and ghostly vocals. The lo-fi production makes the music really smudgy and obscured, but there's still something therapeutic about the repetition and textures here. Listening to this is a lot like walking through a foggy graveyard, or floating slowly atop a body of water on a starry night. It's not music I could really dissect in the same way I review most albums on this channel. For an album such as this, I need to lie down and wait to float away on an ambient cloud.