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"Slow Walkers is a new collaborative project between Australian sound artist Lawrence English and ambient pop artist Liz Harris, aka Grouper. It's a multi-media project about zombies that will take the form of an album, video installations and a live audio-visual concert." (http://p4k.in/trPvwA)

http://vimeo.com/30846604

Pretty stoked for this. Lawrence English's The Peregrine LP is one of my highlights of the year.

Super Receptor (Barnaby, Hardly), Monday, 31 October 2011 22:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Lawrence English's The Peregrine LP is one of my highlights of the year.

oh really? what's it like? i think he's real interesting but haven't really heard any of his solo stuff. the tenniscoats lp he recorded is special.

Local Christian Blues (schlump), Monday, 31 October 2011 23:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Here's a sample http://bit.ly/sbtPOM and a great piece on The Liminal http://bit.ly/ulpeYw.

I've been a fan since the two Digitalis vinyl reissues of A Colour For Autumn and Kiri No Oto so was primed for a new one.

Super Receptor (Barnaby, Hardly), Tuesday, 1 November 2011 08:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

A Colour For Autumn is fantastic, pretty excited to hear this news.

Lars and the Lulu Girl (NickB), Tuesday, 1 November 2011 09:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Great interview with Liz in the new Wire, I was totally clueless on the biographical stuff. Mostly about her upbringing as a member of a cult-ish commune called The Group and the influence of that on her music.

Lars and the Lulu Girl (NickB), Wednesday, 9 November 2011 22:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

the peregrine is indeed beautiful

sisilafami, Wednesday, 9 November 2011 23:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

OOH tell me more about the cult

the MMMM cult (La Lechera), Thursday, 10 November 2011 04:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

Okay, from what I can remember, it was a commune based at a large estate in the Sonoran mountains that was into Fourth Way spirituality. Children were encouraged to think of the group as one big family and consequently were persistenly moved around between different sets of parents. They were given a lot of freedom to roam around the estate and so spent a lot of time outdoors, but apparently Liz Harris didn't mix with anyone from outside the community until she was eleven when she got sent off to public school, where obviously she was a complete outsider. This was when I think the commune was collapsing anyway.

Meanwhile, her father had left the commune previous to this and as a result Liz didn't feel wholly a part of the group but was instead was in this limbo between that and the outside world. The article then goes on to talk about this theme of inbetween states as a central part of her work. It was useful!

Lars and the Lulu Girl (NickB), Thursday, 10 November 2011 11:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

(also Manuel Göttsching is on the cover, it's a nice issue!)

Lars and the Lulu Girl (NickB), Thursday, 10 November 2011 11:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

i wish that magazine weren't so expensive! is the Göttsching article long? worth reading?

also wow, what a mess of words here:

is never without some task around which and in connection with which it can alone exist. When this work is finished, that is to say, when the aim set before it has been accomplished, the fourth way disappears, that is, it disappears from the given place, disappears in its given form, continuing perhaps in another place in another form. Schools of the fourth way exist for the needs of the work which is being carried out in connection with the proposed undertaking. They never exist by themselves as schools for the purpose of education and instruction.

cults are so interesting

the MMMM cult (La Lechera), Thursday, 10 November 2011 14:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah I'm not sure I completely understand that wiki entry, it's still about as clear as mud to me.

The Göttsching piece is pretty much focussed entirely on E2-E4 btw. Haven't read it yet though.

Lars and the Lulu Girl (NickB), Thursday, 10 November 2011 14:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

^^ That makes me want to buy it even more

Y Kant Lou Reed (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 10 November 2011 14:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

there's also a piece about sandwell district

sisilafami, Thursday, 10 November 2011 16:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

The Visitor 12" by Grouper & Ilyas Ahmed is available from http://littleaxerecords.com, under distributed titles.

I'd been looking for it for a while.

Super Receptor (Barnaby, Hardly), Wednesday, 4 January 2012 09:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

“Spent the last two weeks writing sketches/demos for forthcoming collaboration between me and Grouper for the upcoming Ninja Tune Bug album.”

http://www.factmag.com/2012/01/11/the-bug-working-with-grouper-on-new-album/

Rapper rejoins fat man's co-op (NickB), Thursday, 12 January 2012 11:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah, very interested in how that's going to turn out

Chris S, Thursday, 12 January 2012 11:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Me too! Maybe like a droney lo-fi, dubbed out version of Liz Frasier with Massive Attack?

Rapper rejoins fat man's co-op (NickB), Thursday, 12 January 2012 11:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

err, Liz Fraser obv

Rapper rejoins fat man's co-op (NickB), Thursday, 12 January 2012 11:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

totally, in a general sense, although hopefully very much its own thing as well

it's nice seeing this new Ethereal/Witchy Girls + Beats sound happening in a lot of places, as that's prob one of my fav combinations ever

Chris S, Thursday, 12 January 2012 11:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Feebs K-Tel (NickB), Friday, 2 March 2012 12:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ಠ﹏ಠ (diamonddave85), Friday, 2 March 2012 15:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

THIS IS LIKE A DREAM COLLAB

ಠ﹏ಠ (diamonddave85), Friday, 2 March 2012 15:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

Albums out in a couple of weeks time on Kranky (which makes sense cos the sound of that song is 100% pure essence of Kranky tbh).

Feebs K-Tel (NickB), Friday, 2 March 2012 15:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

anyone hear this yet?

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Thursday, 22 March 2012 03:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

I've only given it a couple of cursory listens on spotify while I've been doing other things so I've not really formed a full impression of it yet, but it seems to be nicely split between dronier ambient soundscapes and folkier tunes with acoustic guitar (which I guess is the Tiny Viper side of things? Don't really know her work very well).

This song is very, very lovely btw and the most immediate track on the record:

Valéry Giscard d'Staind (NickB), Thursday, 22 March 2012 09:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

^ top ten track of the year sort of stuff for me i would say

Valéry Giscard d'Staind (NickB), Thursday, 22 March 2012 09:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

Enjoying Jesy Fortino's voice on this, reminds me a bit of Marcy Mays from Scrawl. Definitely going to have to listen to more Tiny Vipers.

Valéry Giscard d'Staind (NickB), Thursday, 22 March 2012 11:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

tiny vipers - life on earth is in my top 10 of all time

i like the mirrorring album quite a bit, but it's hard to separate it from my overwhelming expectations and desires for a new tiny vipers album

grimes - (the elder scrolls iv:) oblivion (diamonddave85), Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

tiny vipers - life on earth is in my top 10 of all time

Am listening to this album right now btw. It's good!

Valéry Giscard d'Staind (NickB), Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

folkier tunes with acoustic guitar (which I guess is the Tiny Viper side of things? Don't really know her work very well).

yep, the song-oriented stuff is straight from Tiny Vipers' two Sub Pop albums, both gorgeous, but way more straightforward and tuneful than Liz' work as Grouper. the Mirrorring album is lovely and strikes pretty much an exact midpoint between their two styles. i wrote about it here in detail.

ilxor, Sunday, 8 April 2012 02:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Looks like the AIA double album is getting a CD release on Kranky at some point in the near future. That'll be nice.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Sunday, 8 April 2012 03:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

yesssssss!!

ilxor, Sunday, 8 April 2012 03:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh that's cool.

the mirroring record is nice. liz quietly harmonising with/echoing tiny vipers is gorgeous.

& i went to see grouper's tape loop thing a couple of weeks ago, & only caught the end. swirly.

john-claude van donne (schlump), Sunday, 8 April 2012 15:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

Looks like the AIA double album is getting a CD release on Kranky at some point in the near future. That'll be nice.

― the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Saturday, April 7, 2012 8:12 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark

and probably cheaper than buying the FLAC files, this is good news.

Flat Of NAGLs (sleeve), Sunday, 8 April 2012 16:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

goodness me this mirroring album is beautiful.

michael nyman cat (Merdeyeux), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 04:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

finally got my finances sorted and ordered a copy. I will read it with my copy of the Diablo III art book since they are coming in the same package.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Thursday, 12 April 2012 16:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

got the A I A two CD set on Kranky, just now hearing Dream Loss for the first time, awesome & immersive... "Atone" is gorgeous.. haven't even gotten to Alien Observer yet.

ilxor, Saturday, 19 May 2012 16:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

anyone heard Violet Replacement?

ilxor, Saturday, 19 May 2012 16:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

that is literally the ONE grouper release i wasn't able to get. such a bummer...i've heard its beautiful. going for a lot of money on discogs now, obv.

jonathan - stl, Sunday, 20 May 2012 03:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

I predict an LP pressing of Violet Replacement down the road.

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Sunday, 20 May 2012 05:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

wait isn't violet replacement like 2hrs+

blossom smulch (schlump), Sunday, 20 May 2012 17:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

I predict a $46 pressing limited to only 300 special edition LPs that sell out before I can figure out that they're even on sale somewhere

Mad God 40/40 (Z S), Sunday, 20 May 2012 18:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

otm

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Sunday, 20 May 2012 18:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

Hello,

A curation non-profit from Vancouver BC called Filip is putting out a fragment from a tape collage piece called SLEEP. One-sided vinyl 12". They're on a low budget, made 800.

They have a pre-order button on their website. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?c ... BVH52CGL7W
Otherwise Little Axe/Mississippi will take orders soon. Everyone has agreed not to charge more than 15$ for this record (it's a little high due to production cost.) If enough people want it I will repress it again later as a YELLOWELECTRIC release.

Thanks, be well

Liz

Barnaby, Hardly, Tuesday, 24 July 2012 09:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

Hey, thanks for posting this. Always meant to listen to this record, and that link has it streaming. Listening right now and it truly is lovely stuff. I like the guitar playing a lot.

grandavis, Wednesday, 12 December 2012 18:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

^ so nice to read this. it's such a special record. the last place I lived I would listen to it most nights, playing the first side or putting the whole thing on through my ipod & falling asleep to it. the harmonising is so saintly & the guitar playing so affecting. it is so playable a record. i remember walking around a city on a really bright day, feeling ill & with it playing in my headphones, not attentive enough to squint away the sun & feeling like my brain was cotton wool and honey.

http://archive.org/details/unreleased_Grouper_mp3-218

kristof-profiting-from-a-childs-illiteracy.html (schlump), Sunday, 16 December 2012 06:42 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'm going to start signing credit slips by writing Grouper in cursive like that.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Sunday, 16 December 2012 07:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

https://soundcloud.com/kranky/grouper-vital

i almost can't believe we get another grouper album from this time; in its mood & place it feels like unearthing a new gospel or a lost painting. i don't know how this is different from awaiting another of her records, but there's something so specific about the feeling, it feels lucky to hear it.

kristof-profiting-from-a-childs-illiteracy.html (schlump), Thursday, 20 December 2012 19:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Really enjoying this new-not-new album.

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 00:51 (1 year ago) Permalink


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