Grouper is the assumed name of Northern Californian artist Liz Harris, and over the last few years she has quickly nudged herself into the underground spotlight with her peculiarly disarming music. Her journey began with the haunting midnight ambience of 'Way Their Crept' released on ex-Deerhoof member Rob Fisk's Free Porcupine Society label in 2005. The record was instantly praised by British site Volcanic Tongue who described it as a 'wildcard late entry for album of the year', and its woozy blend of William Basinski-esque drone and breathy vocals slowly garnered the attention of music fans around the world. What followed over the next few years was a handful of stunning releases, from 'Wide' (again on FPS) to the haunting collaborative recording with Xiu Xiu entitled 'Creepshow'. With each release Liz grew in confidence and refined her unique style, coming to a head with the limited 'Cover the Windows and the Walls' LP on Root Strata which sold out in a matter of weeks. In 2008 she released the album which defined her sound; 'Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill' and through cult British imprint Type Records she finally reached the wider audience she deserved. The album achieved an unprecedented amount of critical acclaim, with respected US webzine Pitchfork mentioning it in their top albums of 2008, touting it as 'druggy and sexy and arty and pretty, but never pretentious'. In 2009 she toured the USA in support of Animal Collective (one of the world's biggest alternative acts), released split 7”s with City Center and Pumice and continues to stun audiences worldwide with her truly unique songs.
As Brainworlds, Atlanta based guitarist Mason Brown works to envelop the listener in sheets of meditative sound and delve deep into the subconscious to examine the hidden relationship between the micro and the macro. The music of Brainworlds flows without regard to time or gravity, floating in the metaphysical realm where mind and universe coalesce.