Raum, the undertaking of Grouper’s Liz Harris and experimental musician Jefre-Cantu Ledesma, have shock launched their first new album in practically a decade. Daughter, which follows 2013’s The Occasion of Your Leaving, is out as we speak by way of Yellowelectric and out there to stream on Bandcamp. Hearken to it beneath.
“Daughter is a file that took nice persistence to make,” a press launch states, persevering with:
It captures an odd time spent within the desert, later added to, edited and at last made sense of after we misplaced the pal we’d been there with. There are fragments of beginnings and a deep sense of loss.
A requiem, a lullaby, goodbye.
A lot of the materials was generated in Marfa at a residency we did with Paul Clipson in 2016. We each felt assured that sometime the form of our hours of recordings would reveal itself however on the time it felt unattainable to revisit. Rather a lot occurred that week. The desert was an anxious panorama, and every of us had been in our personal fevered headspaces. Jefre was about to have a daughter. His final time to file and carry out earlier than turning into a father. Liz was having horrible stress and relationship points.
Our rooms had been in a haunted troopers rec corridor. Late at night time we heard music taking part in softly within the room we had been recording in. Blue static sparks shot throughout the room at night time.
We met a number of occasions to work on ending these recordings through the years, however an enormous piece of the file solely made sense after sitting with the lack of Paul. The recordings took on a particular resonance. They’re a doc of the final time the three of us had been in the identical bodily place. His movie projector sound is embedded there. The sound of our lengthy walks within the desert scrub. Sounds of birds screaming within the mornings. Warmth, calm, companionship, and grief; all transferring very slowly— throughout years, throughout a remembered panorama.