Photo by Ryan Muir
On February 4, Liz Harris, aka Grouper, will release two albums of material she made back in 2008. Alongside a reissue of her LP Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill, which has been out of print physically for years, Kranky will release The Man Who Died in His Boat, an album of unreleased material from that same period.
In a press release, Harris explained the title The Man Who Died in His Boat:
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.
The Man Who Died in His Boat:
03 Cloud in places
04 Being her shadow
05 Cover the long way
06 Difference (voices)
07 Vanishing point
08 The Man Who Died in His Boat
11 Living Room
Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill:
02 Heavy Water/I’d Rather Be Sleeping
04 When We Fall
05 Traveling Through a Sea
06 Fishing Bird (Empty Gutted in the Evening Breeze)
08 I’m Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill
09 A Cover Over
10 Wind and Snow
11 Tidal Wave
12 We’ve All Gone to Sleep
Listen to Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill: