Boomkat Product Review:
‘Hold/Sick’ features Liz Harris’ first new material for some time, and pits two effortlessly haunting tracks of layered loveliness up against each other for our enjoyment. ‘Hold’ kicks things off with that patented guitar haze we’ve all come to expect, before her echoingly mournful vocals drift slowly into the mix like molasses. With the pitched-down, chopped-and-screwed likes of Salem and Balam Acab grabbing all the column inches at the moment, it seems just the right time to re-eveluate Grouper's singular sound, it somehow fits so well with the aesthetic. ‘Sick’ arrives on the flip and Harris throttles her vocals even more, leaving them to barely emerge from a treacly distorted guitar melody. This is music that requires multiple listens to reveal all its hidden treasures, the perfect antithesis to all the popular culture thrown at us at this time of year with instant gratification in mind. We urge you to sink into these tracks - they're just sublime.