5 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following stints with Kurt Vile and Thurston Moore, Mary Lattimore took her 47-string harp on a road trip across America, collecting inspiration along the way. Recorded mostly at Joshua Tree, this five-track album is richly meditative as well as quietly experimental. Circular harp passages mingle with surreal effects, lending a spine-tingling strangeness to the delicate beauty of “Jaxine Drive” and nine-minute opener “Otis Walks Into the Woods.” Despite a few sneaky increases in tempo and complexity, the compositions remain contently adrift, soothing as they wander.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following stints with Kurt Vile and Thurston Moore, Mary Lattimore took her 47-string harp on a road trip across America, collecting inspiration along the way. Recorded mostly at Joshua Tree, this five-track album is richly meditative as well as quietly experimental. Circular harp passages mingle with surreal effects, lending a spine-tingling strangeness to the delicate beauty of “Jaxine Drive” and nine-minute opener “Otis Walks Into the Woods.” Despite a few sneaky increases in tempo and complexity, the compositions remain contently adrift, soothing as they wander.

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About Mary Lattimore

Mary Lattimore is a Philadelphia-based harpist who has played on recordings by dozens of indie rock and experimental musicians, in addition to soundtrack work and her own solo releases. She typically augments her graceful harp improvisations with electronic effects, emphasizing the instrument's ethereal qualities while conjuring up fascinating new sonic vistas. Originally from Asheville, North Carolina, Lattimore became known as part of the Philadelphia underground music scene during the mid-2000s. Along with members of psych-folk bands Espers, Fern Knight, and Fürsaxa, Lattimore contributed to the Valerie Project, whose performances and self-titled 2007 album on Drag City provided an alternate soundtrack to the 1970 Czech surrealist film Valerie and Her Week of Wonders. Following the album's release, Lattimore played harp on albums by Jarvis Cocker, Thurston Moore, Kurt Vile, and numerous others. Lattimore's first solo release was a self-titled cassette on Fred Thomas' Life Like imprint in 2012. The album was given a wider release the following year, when Desire Path Recordings issued it on vinyl as The Withdrawing Room. At the end of 2013, Lattimore and frequent collaborator Jeff Zeigler premiered their score to Philippe Garrel's 1968 experimental silent film Le Révélateur. The duo recorded a full-length titled Slant of Light, which was released by Thrill Jockey in 2014. That same year, Lattimore was awarded a grant from Philadelphia's Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Lattimore and Zeigler began touring together in 2015, and they contributed a track to Ghostly International's Ghostly Swim 2 compilation. Lattimore released a solo cassette titled Luciferin Light on Kit Records that year, and the LP At the Dam appeared on Ghostly in March of 2016. Four months later, Thrill Jockey issued Lattimore and Zeigler's score for Le Révélateur, and the duo performed at screenings of the film throughout the United States and Europe. Also that summer, Constellation Tatsu issued Terelan Canyon, Lattimore's collaboration with En's Maxwell August Croy. In 2017 Lattimore issued And the Birds Flew Overhead, a collaboration with keyboardist Elysse Thebner Miller. ~ Paul Simpson

  • ORIGIN
    Asheville, NC

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