"The Sound They Make At Night" - GROUPER - A|A (Dream Loss / Alien Observer) POLL

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at a loss for words. overwhelming, palliative, beyond categorization. an album i've listened to far more than almost all others. a peek into in-between worlds, into death. music that makes time stand still, music that holds my hand into the abyss. the songs on her records may blend together a bit for most people, and my favorite song changes frequently. i'm pretty burned out on alien observer, but dream loss has really been hitting the spot lately. right now i'd say 'atone,' so evocative and mesmerizing and of another place so familiar yet still inaccessible. this album will never leave my life.

Dragging the Streets
I Saw a Ray
Soul Eraser
No Other
Wind Return
A Lie
Moon is Sharp
Alien Observer
Vapor Trails
She Loves Me That Way
Mary on the Wall
Come Softly

flappy bird, Saturday, 3 February 2018 07:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink


josh az (2011nostalgia), Saturday, 3 February 2018 08:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"Vapor Trails" has always been my favorite, tho I didn't vote for it this time, it's definitely a more accomplished and expansive piece than "Atone." The first side of Alien Observer is in my bones.

flappy bird, Saturday, 3 February 2018 21:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I love both albums but I have *no idea* what the songs are called. For some reason this happens more often w/ me and Grouper.

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 3 February 2018 22:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

there are maybe five Grouper songs I know the title of and none of them are on these albums but I still love them

ufo, Saturday, 3 February 2018 23:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The songs on Alien Observer are much more traditionally structured & founded on recognizable melodic motifs & phrases, whereas the songs on Dream Loss are a little more amorphous & harder to grasp, although “A Lie” breaks that trend & works as a perfect transition into Alien Observer.

flappy bird, Sunday, 4 February 2018 00:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this write-up of a 2009 show is really obnoxious but it does contain maybe the best description of A|A era Grouper I've ever come across: "4am in the middle of fucking nowhere."


flappy bird, Saturday, 10 February 2018 02:22 (one week ago) Permalink

voted come softly bc it is v lovely and kind but i mean these are all my children m/l

Clay, Saturday, 10 February 2018 02:39 (one week ago) Permalink

gonna take a spaceship...

J. Sam, Saturday, 10 February 2018 03:19 (one week ago) Permalink

My boy, for years, woke frequently in the night; I'd go in and lie with him while he (slowly, very slowly) found his way back to the safety of sleep. This was often what I listened to. She's the soundtrack to those threshold consciousness states for me. A mystic of the night's narrow hours. I'm with Bateau in that I have no idea what the songs are called.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Saturday, 10 February 2018 11:53 (one week ago) Permalink

The AIA records taught me something fundamentally new about music. Don't make me choose.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Saturday, 10 February 2018 12:27 (one week ago) Permalink

but you must

flappy bird, Saturday, 10 February 2018 17:06 (one week ago) Permalink

imo Dragging a Dead Deer up a Hill is still her masterpiece though. It has more of a human touch to all of its songs, which I guess i prefer over AIA's otherworldliness (it's still amazing though)

josh az (2011nostalgia), Saturday, 10 February 2018 21:26 (one week ago) Permalink

also I didn't vote for it but props to anyone who votes for the devastatingly quiet Come Softly

josh az (2011nostalgia), Saturday, 10 February 2018 21:27 (one week ago) Permalink

Come Softly

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 15:58 (one week ago) Permalink

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