Liz Harris’s music has always been striking because of its delicacy, a reminder of the power of fragility. Where “Call Across Rooms” differs from her remarkable 2013 album The Man Who Died in His Boat, then, is in the clarity Harris delivers her message. Set against a sparse arrangement that finds Harris alone with her piano, the song immediately sets itself apart from the ambient wall-of-sound that helped define Boat and its companion, 2008’s Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill. Despite the more friendly confines, though, Harris never goes above a whisper, letting us in on a personal conversation. “And maybe we’ll figure it out,” she sings with a noticeable trepidation, knowing it won’t be easy, and most likely not the answer she’s looking for.
Ruins is out 31 October via Kranky.