Liz Harris, better known to the masses as Grouper, shares a new audio impression from her forthcoming 12th LP Shade, due October 22 via Kranky, in the shape of her new single “Ode to the Blue.” Accompanying the video, director Dicky Bahto shared following press release.
“Liz [Harris] sent me a love song in the middle of the worst part of the pandemic in Los Angeles to think about making a film for. I was depressed and scared and felt incapable of thinking. She mentioned picturing people kissing; and “maybe something in a graveyard.” I wanted to see my friends. I wanted to feel intimacy again. I thought: What if the film is just people making out in graveyards?
In Evergreen Cemetery in Boyle Heights I found myself surrounded by graves for people who, like my own grandparents, had survived the Armenian and Assyrian genocide a little over a hundred years ago. After a year of fear over the pandemic, growing support for right-wing authoritarianism, and the escalating climate crisis—with a popular narrative that we’re living through the end of the world—I needed the reminder that the end of the world is always happening somewhere, and even if we don’t survive the end of our world, we might as well enjoy the pleasures of love. Watching my friends kiss was a hot, fresh breath direct from their mouths that made me feel a joy I hadn’t experienced in far too long.”
Listen to “Ode to the Blue,’ presented through Bahto’s black & white short film, above.