Grouper’s Liz Harris releases new album of stark sound assemblages as Nivhek

Grouper's Liz Harris releases new album of stark sound assemblages as Nivhek
Photo: JJ Harris

No jokes when it comes to Liz Harris news. That’s the Tiny Mix Tapes guarantee. The beloved and oneiric Astoria musician has just released a new album under the name Nivhek on her Yellow Electric label: After its own death / Walking in a spiral towards the house.

This new record is a collection of two long-form recordings that reveal Harris’s work at its most “stark and primordial.” The recordings were made using Mellotron, guitar, field recordings, tapes, and broken FX pedals. (I know longtime Grouper fans just got chills reading that.) Harris also cites her score for Paul Clipson’s (RIP) Hypnosis Display as a compositional reference point.

About the recordings, Harris had to say: “a requiem, a ritual, to unlock and release feelings… a toxic concentrated reduction of something much darker bubbling beneath… wraithlike and ethereal, their existence in the mist questionable.” (Those chills just turned into full-on shivers, didn’t they?)

Quell your shivering and listen to Nivhek’s new album right here, right now.

After its own death / Walking in a spiral towards the house tracklisting:

01. After its own death: Side A
02. After its own death: Side B
03. Walking in a spiral towards the house: Side C
04. Walking in a spiral towards the house: Side D

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