Boomkat Product Review:
One of the releases we get asked about most often and an absolute treasure for anyone lucky enough to already own a copy. "Cover The Windows And The Walls" was Grouper's first vinyl-only release back in 2007 and fetches tidy wedges of cash on the second hand market, particularly over the last 12 months when Grouper's status has sky-rocketed. We've just never been able to contain our undying love for Liz Harris and over the last couple of years she has shot to the top of our favourite artists list with her inexplicably mesmerising blend of shoegazer signatures and psych-driven narratives. Put another way, her music partially fits into so many brackets - drone, ambient, doom, folk, acid folk, shoegaze, psych etc etc - and yet doesn't really sound like anything you'll have heard before. On this amazing album almost every piece has decomposed, feedback laden, almost drowned guitar sounds underpinning each note, creating a soup of electric noise not so far removed from My Bloody Valentine's classic 'Loveless'. This is breathtaking, heart trembling music. The opening title track is possibly one of the finest Harris has yet committed to record, with the curving waves of guitar perfectly matched against her unique vocals - still smothered in curls of smoking noise and crumbling ambience. I find it hard to articulate my feelings about this music, it's just the sort of record you can play and fall deeply into, becoming slowly enveloped in some of the most gorgeous and subtle harmonies this side of the spiritual plain. UTTERLY ESSENTIAL PURCHASE!