Liz Harris has shared a video for her new single as Grouper, “Ode To The Blue.”
The song comes from her forthcoming sophomore album, Shade, which is out October 22nd via Kranky. “Ode To The Blue” serves as the follow-up to the album’s lead track, “Unclean Mind.” The stripped-back tune is an intimate recording that revolves around Harris’ voice and an acoustic guitar line. The accompanying Dicky Bahto-directed video is packed with black-and-white clips of people kissing in a graveyard.
“Liz [Harris] sent me a love song in the middle of the worst part of the pandemic in Los Angeles to think about making a film for,” Bahto says. “I was depressed and scared and felt incapable of thinking. She mentioned picturing people kissing; and ‘maybe something in a graveyard.’ I wanted to see my friends. I wanted to feel intimacy again. I thought: What if the film is just people making out in graveyards?”
Watch the video for “Ode To The Blue” below.
“In Evergreen Cemetery in Boyle Heights, I found myself surrounded by graves for people who, like my own grandparents, had survived the Armenian and Assyrian genocide a little over a hundred years ago,” Bahto adds of “Ode To The Blue.” “After a year of fear over the pandemic, growing support for right-wing authoritarianism, and the escalating climate crisis – with a popular narrative that we’re living through the end of the world – I needed the reminder that the end of the world is always happening somewhere, and even if we don’t survive the end of our world, we might as well enjoy the pleasures of love. Watching my friends kiss was a hot, fresh breath direct from their mouths that made me feel a joy I hadn’t experienced in far too long.”
The forthcoming album marks Grouper’s first new release since 2018’s Grid of Points. Serving as her 11th full-length album under the moniker, the 12-track album marks a stunning return for Harris.
Although Grid of Points was Harris’ last album as Grouper, she did release a Nivhek album a year later. The new album was reportedly recorded over a whopping 15 years. Harris took to California’s Mount Tamalpais for the recording sessions. More recently, Harris continued to work on the Grouper tunes while recording in Astoria.
Check out the tracklist for Shade below.
01 – “Followed the ocean”
02 – “Unclean mind”
03 – “Ode to the blue”
04 – “Pale Interior”
05 – “Disordered Minds”
06 – “The way her hair falls”
07 – “Promise”
08 – “Basement Mix”
09 – “Kelso (Blue sky)”
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Lead photo courtesy of Garrett Grove.