Grouper “Vital”

Recently it was announced that label Kranky (who has been a home to Deerhunter & Atlas Sound, Lotus Plaza, Mirrorring, Tim Hecker and more) would release The Man Who Died in His Boat, an album of unreleased material from Grouper, on February 4th.

The material is from 2008, the same year she released the layered and melancholic Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill. Grouper‘s music, while gorgeous, is very somber, thus the LP titles are fitting. Liz Harris explained the meaning behind The Man Who Died in His Boat recently in a press release:

When I was a teenager the wreckage of a sailboat washed up on the shore of Agate Beach. The remains of the vessel weren’t removed for several days. I walked down with my father to peer inside the boat cabin. Maps, coffee cups and clothing were strewn around inside.

I remember looking only briefly, wilted by the feeling that I was violating some remnant of this man’s presence by witnessing the evidence of its failure. Later I read a story about him in the paper. It was impossible to know what had happened. The boat had never crashed or capsized. He had simply slipped off somehow, and the boat, like a riderless horse, eventually came back home. 

Also out on February 4th will be a reissue of Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill, which you can listen to in full at the bottom of this post, under new track “Vital,” and the tracklist for the new release.

The Man Who Died in His Boat:

1 6
2 Vital
3 Cloud in places
4 Being her shadow
5 Cover the long way
6 Difference (voices)
7 Vanishing point
8 The Man Who Died in His Boat
9 Towers
10 STS
11 Living Room