AMERICAN HARPIST MESMERIZES WITH DREAMY AMBIENT AND SOUNDSCAPES
Using minimal means, American harpist Mary Lattimore has been making maximum impact since 2014. Piece by piece, secretly almost, Lattimore’s serene ambient compositions take the listener into a silky-smooth dream world where busy workdays, public transportation delays and wet socks in the bathroom no longer exist. No wonder Lattimore – who was previously featured on Le Guess Who? – has been frequently asked over the years to create soundtracks and make contributions to the music of others, including Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Kurt Vile. On her layered new album Goodbye, Hotel Arkada, Lattimore is joined in turn by Slowdive singer Rachel Goswell and The Cure’s Lol Tolhurst. Yet Lattimore’s harp always remains the protagonist: nearly a decade after her debut, her music appears to have lost none of its melancholy and mystery.