The Spare, Atmospheric Sounds of Grouper

In creating the album, Harris used only a piano, her voice and unfettered emotion to generate tracks that feel more like atmospheres than songs. It might seem overzealous to say that “Ruins” is Harris’s most personal work to date — the eerie intimacy of her music has been a primary selling point for as long as she has been recording — but it’s true. From the backdrop of a Portuguese rainstorm on “Holofernes” to the casual quiet of her double vocals on “Holding” — which appears here — each track sounds, in the best possible way, like it was never meant to be heard outside of the room in which it was recorded.

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