Liz Harris has been releasing music as Grouper for well over a decade now. Over the course of her catalogue she has shifted through many different styles, from drone to ambient to gentle electronica - each as stunning as the next. On her last album, 2014's Ruins, she presented a set of songs of just her voice and piano, recorded live with very little additions (mostly coming from the ambience of her secluded surroundings). Its purity struck a nerve with listeners new and old, making it her most renowned to date. Today she's announced that she'll be releasing the follow up, Grid Of Points, through Kranky on April 27th, and judging from lead single 'Parking Lot', she's continuing down the piano-led route, as she explains:

"Grid Of Points is a set of songs for piano and voice. I wrote these songs over a week and a half; they stopped abruptly when I was interrupted by a high fever. Though brief, it is complete. The intimacy and abbreviation of this music allude to an essence that the songs lyrics speak more directly of. The space left after matter has departed, a stage after the characters have gone, the hollow of some central column, missing."

The first track to be released is 'Parking Lot', and I think it's fair to say that never have the two words "parking lot" been applied to something so stunning. Before she begins we get a little snatch of ambience, placing us right in the room with her, and we're present as she invests herself in the delicate piano chords and breathy vocals. As ever, the words of the song are hard to discern in any clarity, but the emotion and feeling in her voice guides you into a world of deeply personal ideas and tender low-lit scenes. At carefully chosen moments, Harris has double tracked her voice in harmony, bringing the softest hammer blow right down on the most susceptible point of your nervous system. 'Parking Lot' then drifts off in resonant piano chords, guiding you on to the next scene, which we'll have to wait for the album to hear.

Listen to 'Parking Lot' below.

Grid Of Points comes out through Kranky on April 27th. She's also announced the following live dates:

20/4 – Berlin, Hebbel Am Ufer
25/4 – Helsinki, Temppeliaukio Church
27/4 – Krems, Donau Festival
28/4 – Budapest, Trafo House of Contemporary Arts
1/5 – Rotterdam, Arminiuskerk
3/5 – Brugge, Magdalenakerk
5/5 – Dublin, Unitarian Church (2 shows)
11-13/5 – Arcosanti, FORM
20-24/5 – Calgary, Sled Island