Label: Kranky The 12th full-length by Pacific Northwest artist Liz Harris aka Grouper. Combining aspects of ambient and dream pop into ethereal, reverb-heavy music that is equally mysterious and moving, she characterizes Shade as an album about respite, and the coast, poetically and literally. How one frames themselves in a landscape, how in turn it frames themselves; memories and experiences carried forward mapping a connection to place-"an ode to blue / what lives in shade." Songs touch on loss, flaws, hiding places, love. Deep connections to the Bay Area, and the North Coast, with it's unique moods of solitude, beauty, and isolation-a place described and transformed by the chaos and power of river-mouth, wild maritime storms, columns of mist that rise up unexpectedly on the road at night. Throughout, Harris threads a hidden radiant language of voice, disquiet, and guitar, framed by open space and the sense of being far away.