Download the first cut from Grouper's forthcoming full-length

Portland artist Liz Harris returns with ‘Vital’.

Last week, we reported that Grouper would release a new album, The Man Who Died in his Boat, in addition to reissuing 2008’s Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill. Both efforts are due out February 4, and are available for pre-order now via Kranky.

Download the melancholy, windswept ‘Vital’ below. The cryptic press release announcing The Man Who Died in his Boat has been reproduced below, since to excerpt it would leave the reader even more confused as to what to expect from the album.

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.



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