npr frequently offers up a bevy of excellent new music to stream in advance, and this week is no exception. excellent albums from les sins and deerhoof both warrant repeated listens, but the record that grabs this segment’s feature is ruins, the latest effort from grouper. released in full just days after teasing the arresting “holding,” ruins finds liz harris directing our attention to her lyricism with a level of poignancy so organic that the adjective doesn’t really do it justice. this is an album best consumed alone in an empty, dark space. you can stream ruins here; the album will officially arrive on friday via kranky records.