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Mary Lattimore Shares New Single “Horses, Glossy On The Hill” – Taken From Forthcoming LP “Goodbye, Hotel Arkada” out October 6th on Ghostly International

September 6, 2023
Photo credit: Rachael Pony Cassells


Shares new single “Horses, Glossy on the Hill”
New album ‘Goodbye, Hotel Arkada’ out Oct 6th via Ghostly International

American harpist and composer Mary Lattimore has shared the second track from her forthcoming 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.

Following previous single and video “And Then He Wrapped His Wings Around Me”, today she shares a second glimpse at the record with the powerfully vivid “Horses, Glossy on the Hill”, where the narrative is nearly inextricable from the sonics. The percussive clacking resembles hooves in an anxious gate. There’s a storm cloud in the sky; from a car window, Lattimore captures the silvery sheen coming off the horses’ striated shapes as if photographing the scene through sound. Her shimmering strings accelerate and distort under twisting effects as the herd becomes one with the horizon.

Mary says the track was originally a sprawling harp solo piece written to accompany a fashion show in a garden. “It morphed into something else once I added layers and layers to it.” she comments. “It started to remind me of an image of anxious horses before a storm – dark shiny animals, green grass, heavy clouds forming, clacking teeth.”

Lattimore always manages to mesmerize her audience, to stop them in their tracks and “Horses, Glossy On The Hill” does just that.

What starts as this complex atmosphere commences with this startling and raw ambience and soon shifts to this bright and bouncy landscape from one of the layers and loops that shines throughout. The shifts continue and Mary manages to piece emotion and light into this dynamic ensemble. Lattimore throughout the journey of this release weaves such an immense body of work through this world, layers upon layers of sweeter textures, moving hooks and mesmeric march-like percussive additions. The track moves to this sweeping and serenading bar that allows the melody and the emotion to be injected into the landscape with greater intensity.

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 comments: “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)

Tour dates:
24/09/2023 Philadelphia, PA – Making Time 
26/09/2023 New York, NY – The Town Hall (w/ Mitski)
29/09/2023 Toronto, ON – Trinity St Paul’s Church (w/ Mitski)
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


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