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Mary Lattimore Announces New Album “Goodbye, Hotel Arkada” out October 6th via Ghostly International & Shares New Single “And Then He Wrapped His Wings Around Me” 

August 8, 2023
Photo credit: Rachael Pony Cassells

MARY LATTIMORE

Announces new album ‘Goodbye, Hotel Arkada’ out Oct 6th via Ghostly International
Shares First Single “And Then He Wrapped His Wings Around Me” 

US tour dates announced

American harpist and composer Mary Lattimore announces her new album ‘Goodbye, Hotel Arkada‘, due October 6th via Ghostly International. Through evocative, emotionally resonant music, ‘Goodbye, Hotel Arkada’ speaks not just for its beloved namesake — a hotel in Croatia facing renovation — but for a universal loss that is shared. Six sprawling pieces shaped by change; nothing will ever be the same, and here, the artist, evolving in synthesis, celebrates and mourns the tragedy and beauty of the ephemeral, all that is lived and lost to time. To coincide with the announcement, the first single from the record And Then He Wrapped His Wings Around Me is online now alongside a video directed by Rachael Pony Cassells.

For “And Then He Wrapped His Wings Around Me,” Lattimore looks to two of her closest friends — songwriter Meg Baird, her collaborator on 2018’s Ghost Forests, and accordionist composer Walt McClements, who she’s toured and performed alongside — to surface a core memory. As a child, Lattimore won a drawing contest through a country radio station and got to see Sesame Street Live! in Asheville. She and her mom were invited backstage, and there the benevolent icon Big Bird “gave me an incredible hug with his scratchy yellow wings.” The trio channel the enveloping warmth of that portrait, the feeling of innocent escape, flying away towards a childhood dream that is just out of reach, surreal, and tinged with sadness. In a rare vocal passage in Lattimore’s library, Baird softly hums with the rolling washes of harp above McClements’ tranquil drone; just for a moment, we are held in a sublime canary yellow embrace.

Immediately this delicate creation consumes you. The atmosphere opens up, slowly progressing and evolving into this heavier stature. Hooked on the weight of the notes that chime and rhythmically form the dazzling structure, the emotion plays in with the softer harmonies colliding with the harp, resonating with the softer elongated notes playing in the background of the ambience. The affection moves with the journey, growing with power as the hypnotic cadence continues, ultimately the emotion glides through the landscape touching sincerity with the strong infectious pulse of this ensemble.

Once again Mary Lattimore delivers this immersive composition that begs for the audience to embrace and experience with our entire being. Hit play and let the immersive ensemble engulf you in the midst of its moving serenade.

Documented and edited in uncharacteristically measured sessions over the course of two years, ‘Goodbye, Hotel Arkada‘ remains rooted in improvisation while glistening as the most refined and robust in Lattimore’s decade-long catalog. It finds her communing with friends, contemporaries, and longtime influences, in full stride yet slowing down to nurture songs in new ways. The cast includes Lol Tolhurst (The Cure), Meg Baird, Rachel Goswell (Slowdive), Roy Montgomery, Samara Lubelski, and Walt McClements. 

Lattimore goes on to say: “When I think of these songs, I think about fading flowers in vases, melted candles, getting older, being on tour and having things change while you’re away, not realizing how ephemeral experiences are until they don’t happen anymore, fear for a planet we’re losing because of greed, an ode to art and music that’s really shaped your life that can transport you back in time, longing to maintain sensitivity and to not sink into hollow despondency.”For the title and inspiration, Lattimore’s mind returns to the island of Hvar in Croatia, where she first saw those silver ladders at the water’s edge. “There’s a big old hotel there called the Hotel Arkada, and you could tell it had been hosting holiday-goers for decades in a great way. I walked around the lobby and the empty ballrooms and it looked like a well-worn, well-loved place. My friend Stacey who lives there told me to ‘say goodbye to Hotel Arkada, it might not be here when you get back’ and I heard soon after that it was actually going to be renovated in a very crisp, modern way.” Lattimore became fixated on the ingredients that make a place special — for Hotel Arkada, the patinaed chandeliers, the patterned bedspreads, the echoes of its intangible charm — and how when those leave this world, as they inevitably always will, it feels important to memorialize them, “to bottle it for a brief second.”

‘Goodbye Hotel, Arkada’ track list:
1. And Then He Wrapped His Wings Around Me (feat. Meg Baird and Walt McClements)
2. Arrivederci (feat. Lol Tolhurst)        
3. Blender in a Blender (feat. Roy Montgomery)        
4. Music for Applying Shimmering Eye Shadow        
5. Horses, Glossy on the Hill        
6. Yesterday’s Parties (feat. Rachel Goswell and Samara Lubelski)

Pre-order ‘Goodbye, Hotel Arkada’: https://ghostly.ffm.to/mary-lattimore-goodbye-hotel-arkada

Tour dates:
24/09/2023 Philadelphia, PA – Making Time 
11/10/2023 Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever 
12/10/2023 Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever 
13/10/2023 Felton, CA – Felton Music Hall
14/10/2023 San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord
16/10/2023 Portland, OR – Polaris Hall
17/10/2023 Seattle, WA – The Triple Door
19/10/2023 Boise, ID – Neurolux
21/10/2023 Denver, CO – Skylark Lounge
23/10/2023 Lawrence, KS – White Schoolhouse
24/10/2023 Iowa City, IA – The James Theatre
25/10/2023 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
26/10/2023 Milwaukee, WI – Acme Records [physical tickets only]
27/10/2023 Chicago, IL – Constellation
28/10/2023 Chicago, IL – Constellation
29/10/2023 Lakeside, MI – Lakeside Inn
31/10/2023 Toronto, ON – Longboat Hall
2/11/2023 Kingston, – Tubby’s
3/11/2023 Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool
4/11/2023 Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool
5/11/2023 Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool
6/11/2023 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church – Sanctuary
8/11/2023 Baltimore, MD – Current Space
9/11/2023 Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
10/11/2023 Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
11/11/2023 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
12/11/2023 Nashville, TN – The Blue Room at Third Man Records
14/11/2023 New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
15/11/2023 Houston, TX – The Secret Group
16/11/2023 Austin, TX – Central Presbyterian Church

https://marylattimoreharpist.bandcamp.com

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