interview: Mary Lattimore
Tune into WMSE’s Rockleidoscope Show as Erin talks with indie harpist, Mary Lattimore in advance of her show with Ana Roxanne at Bay View’s ACME Records this Wednesday, December 8th. Lattimore has studied the harp since grade school days living in North Carolina and she’s both played music and worked in college radio over the years, rounding out her musical experiences and inspirations, sealing her signature sounds. She’s played with everyone from Thurston Moore to Kurt Vile, Meg Baird, Mac McCaughan and Steve Gunn and has released solo albums on Thrill Jockey Records, Three Lobed and Ghostly International. Her most recent release – Mary Lattimore: Collected Pieces II – explores her recent archives.
“During the last decade, Lattimore has been at the fore of a surprising but steady harp uprising, with upstarts like Brandee Younger re-energizing it in jazz and Sissi Rada slipping it inside techno. She delights in unfamiliar audiences who first see her instrument as a novelty. But Lattimore handles her harp like a solo guitarist, improvising around contemplative melodies with the help of pedals that warp her crystalline tone and seem to bend time.”
~The New York Times