You could think of Ruins as Liz Harris' unplugged record. Recorded during a solitary residency on the coast of Portugal, it features only upright piano and Harris' own voice, far clearer and surer than usual. There are no looping devices, no distortion, no effects save the piano's sustain pedal and the natural reverb of the room. Just once, a microwave beeps -- the result of the power flashing off and on during a storm, caught on tape and left there. What words are audible address love and sorrow. It might be Grouper's most heartbreaking album yet, and that's saying something.