Artist: MARY LATTIMORE
Title: Hundreds of Days

Cat#: ARTPL-103
Format: CD / Digital

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Release Date: 2018.05.18
Price(CD): 2,000yen + tax


Sigur RosからReal Estate、Julia HolterさらにはThurston Mooreまでも魅了するアンビエント・ハープの才女、Mary Lattiomoreのソロ・オリジナル・アルバムとしては2016年の『At The Dam』以来となる新作が完成。
キーボード、ギター、テルミン、グランドピアノ等様々な楽器も導入し、ドリーミー且つドラマティックにスケールを増した、心洗われる感動的傑作。

これまでThurston Moore、Sharon Van Etten、Meg Baird、Julia Holter、Jarvis Cocker、Kurt Vile、Steve Gunn、Ed Askewなど様々な名だたるアーティストの録音やライヴのサポートをし、2014年にPew Center for Arts & Heritageのフェロー賞を受賞するなど、その才能は多くのミュージシャンから賞賛されているフィラデルフィアの女性ハーピスト、Mary Lattimoreの2年ぶりのソロ名義での新作が完成。

「それは私の人生の中で最も美しい夏だった」

2017年、彼女はヘッドランズ・アートセンターの音楽アワードを授与され、北太平洋沿岸にある古いビクトリア朝軍の建物に15人の作家、劇作家、ミュージシャン、詩人、画家、活動家共に夏の2ヶ月間を過ごした。彼女はサンフランシスコのゴールデンゲートブリッジの上の丘に囲まれたレッドウッドの広々とした納屋を与えられ、そこでハープを自由に演奏でき、本作はそこで制作された。

もちろん、もはや身体の一部のように彼女の精神とつながっている47弦Lyon & Healyハープを主体に制作されているが、ヘッドランズのスペースと静けさは、彼女のアプローチを広げ、キーボード、ギター、テルミン、グランドピアノのレイヤーを融合する自由を与えた。そして自らの声も楽器のように溶け込ませ、完全に新たなフェーズを感じさせる世界観を確立。

感情揺さぶるリリカルなハープの音色に浮遊感に満ちたキーボードの音色が浮遊し、エフェクトをアクセントにしつつ、要所でギターやピアノなども折り重なり、壮大な世界観を描き出す。これまで以上にドラマティックで幻想的なサウンドが構築されており、現時点での最高傑作とも言える完成度。

昨年はリアル・エステイトとツアーを回り、彼らが出演したTV番組のライヴではフィーチャーされ、シガー・ロス主宰のフェスティヴァルへの出演やを果たすあんど、活動の幅を広げている。今後はJulianna BarwickやIce Ageとのツアーも予定されている。いま最も注目されるべき女性ハーピストだ。

“It was the most beautiful summer of my life.”

Memories — places, vacancies, allusions — are fundamental characters in Mary Lattimore’s evocative craft. Inside her music, wordless narratives, indefinite travelogues, and braided events skew into something enchantingly new. The Los Angeles-based harpist recorded her breakout 2016 album, At The Dam, during stops along a road trip across America, letting the serene landscapes of Joshua Tree and Marfa, Texas color her compositions. In 2017, she presented Collected Pieces, a tape compiling sounds from her past life in Philadelphia: odes to the east coast, burning motels, and beach town convenience stores. In 2018, from a restorative station — a redwood barn, nestled in the hills above San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge — emanates Hundreds of Days, her second full-length LP with Ghostly International. The record sojourns between silences and speech, between microcosmic daily scenes and macrocosmic universal understandings, between being alien in promising new places and feeling torn from old native havens. It’s an expansive new chapter in Lattimore’s story, and an expression of mystified gratitude. A study in how ordinary components helix together to create an extraordinary world.

Awarded a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Lattimore spent two summer months living with 15 fellow artists — writers, playwrights, musicians, poets, painters, activists, curators — in a cluster of old Victorian military buildings on the Northern Pacific Coast. Days offered solitude; Lattimore set up in a spacious barn, able to arrange her instruments at will. Nights welcomed new perspectives. “Hanging out with a lot of accomplished artists with poetic ways of looking at the world was really inspiring. My heart was in a bit of a tangle after leaving Philadelphia. I was holding onto things instead of moving forward. My time there was a nostalgia detox, a way to press reset in a healthy way. Also breathing in the freshest air in America, straight off of the ocean, felt good.”

Throughout the shifting locales there is one consistent companion Lattimore engages: a 47-string Lyon and Healy harp. The instrument wires directly into her psyche. Pitchfork’s Marc Masters posits, “she can practically talk through it at this point; she’s created a language.” The space and stillness of the Headlands afforded Lattimore freedom to her expand her vocabulary, to stretch out and experiment with layers of keyboard, guitar, theremin, and grand piano. Lattimore’s voice sweeps beneath the plucks and washes of opener “It Feels Like Floating,” enraptured by the winding current, and reappearing in the second minute of the immense “Never Saw Him Again.” The track elevates towards a shimmering apex of static and percussion before organ drone yields to signature halcyon flutters. As with much of Lattimore’s work, the track titles are telling; “Baltic Birch” is a somber windswept march that sways gracefully out of step, a remembrance of a recent trip to Latvia where she was struck by the abandoned resort towns along the Baltic Sea. “Hello From The Edge of The Earth” is an earnest reflection of Lattimore’s love of the natural world, recognizing the thresholds of varying terrains.

The album’s fifth track borrows its name from Lattimore’s favorite line in Denis Johnson’s short story “Emergency” from Jesus’ Son. A character, lost in a blizzard, reassesses a disjointed universe, a clash between curtains of snow and angels descending out of a brilliant blue summer: it isn’t an apocalypse, it is a drive-in movie, with stars hovering above the lot, off the screen, in the throes of the Midwestern storm. This mix-up is disorienting and existentially tragic; Lattimore’s darkly strummed piece is a melancholic parallel, mimicking Johnson’s elegant suture attaching two remarkably discontinuous spaces.

Micro-revelations, not quite as bright as torn skies but nonetheless enlightening, were everyday occurrences during Lattimore’s residency. Living small days with small tasks — feeling little dramas within the arcadian universe of a national park — rendered her the sense that disjointed spaces can be interconnected no matter the enormity that divides them. It’s in this elastic scale of perception that something as simultaneously simple and intricate as Hundreds of Days can flourish.


TRACK LIST:

01. It Feels Like Floating
02. Never Saw Him Again
03. Hello From the Edge of the Earth
04. Baltic Birch
05. Their Faces Streaked With Light and Filled With Pity
06. On the Day You Saw the Dead Whale
07. Wind Carries Seed (Bonus Track)
08 Be My Four Eyes (Bonus Track)

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