Grouper’s 2008 masterpiece, Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill, was covered deep in watery, acoustic ambience and lyrics about the ocean, waves, and drowning. So, it seems appropriate her new album of previously unreleased Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill-era material is entitled The Man Who Died in His Boat. It’s like the swan song of much of Grouper’s more acoustic-rooted material left down here on the surface of the Earth when she turned her head upward toward the starry night sky with 2011’s two album-release, Dream Loss and Alien Observer.

The Man Who Died in His Boat is out February 4 on Kranky.

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