MARY LATTIMORE shares new track “Pine Trees”- New album ‘Silver Ladders’ out Oct 9th on Ghostly

August 20, 2020
Photo credit: Rachael Pony Cassells


LA-based harpist shares new single “Pine Trees”
Taken from new album ‘Silver Ladders’
Out October 9thon Ghostly International
Recorded in Cornwall with Slowdive’s Neil Halstead

Los Angeles-based harpist Mary Lattimore has shared asecond track from new album Silver Ladders’, due for release on October 9th via Ghostly International.

Since her last full-length, 2018’s ‘Hundreds of Days’, Lattimore has toured internationally, released collaborative albums with artists such as Meg Baird and Mac McCaughan, and shared a friends-based remix album featuring artists such as Jónsi and Julianna Barwick. At one of her festival appearances, Lattimore met Slowdive’sNeil Halstead“A friend introduced us because she knew how big of a fan I was and Neil and I had a little chat… The next day, I just thought maybe he’d be into producing my next record.” He was. Lattimore traditionally records her albums holed up by herself, so the addition of Halstead’s touches as a producer and collaborator leaves a profound trace. “I flew on a little plane to Newquay in Cornwall where he lives with his lovely partner Ingrid and their baby. I didn’t know what his studio was like, he’d never recorded a harp, but somehow it really worked.” 

Recorded over nine days at Halstead’s studio stationed on an old airfield, Silver Ladders’ finds Lattimore exercising command and restraint. Her signature style is refined, the sprawling layers of harp reigned in and accented by flourishes of low-end synth and Halstead’s guitar. The music can feel ominous but not by compromising vivid wonder, like oceanic overtones that shift with the tides. 

Following first single Sometimes He’s In My Dreams“, new single “Pine Trees is a delicate, shimmering opening to the album. Lattimore comments: “Pine Trees is named after a quiet cluster of trees by the sea on the island of Hvar in Croatia. This song was created in Los Angeles at home, but crystallized in the studio with Neil’s help, where he took away layers of the demo that felt unnecessary, bringing out other layers to the front that had been hidden. This song feels like a testament to his producing in that, through more objective listening, a subtler light could shine through that I hadn’t seen in it before.”

Inspired by Cornish tales that Halstead shared with Lattimore, alongside collected fragments of conversations and ideas and her own travels, these songs are clearly tales, and yet Silver Ladders’ is open to interpretation. Her memories — “the Cornish landscape, the hotel from the movie The Witches, the cream tea, winning the pub quiz, the Sunday Roast, the ghosts of all of the surfers who had died in the wild waves, the night walks to the top of the hill to see the moon shining on the water…” — shine through these works without defining them. In a way, much like the sea, or the sky, they belong to everyone. Such is the beauty of her craft, which stands here in unprecedented company and clarity, the confidence of an artist in full.
‘Silver Ladders’ is out on October 9thvia Ghostly international and is available to pre-order here:
‘Silver Ladders’ track list:
1. Pine Trees
2. Silver Ladders
3. Til a Mermaid Drags You Under
4. Sometimes He’s In My Dreams
5. Chop on the Clumbout
6. Don’t Look
7. Thirty Tulips

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