STREAM+REVIEW// MARY LATTIMORE - The Withdrawing Room on Desire Path | Order now at Experimedia.net. Limited to 300 copies on black vinyl. Includes immediate download.
Chances are you’ve heard Mary Lattimore play without even realizing it as her harp has graced records by Thurston Moore, Kurt Vile, and Meg Baird among many others. But you haven’t heard Lattimore utilize her instrument quite like this since “The Withdrawing Room” sees her equally dependent on the rich acoustic harp sounds and the long decays provided by a Line 6 loop pedal. It’s a curious mix of sound and anyone who has twisted the knobs of a delay pedal will be familiar with the erratic, warbled contortions heard on “Pluto the Planet” and “Poor Daniel.” It meshes with her clean, cascading plucks in a variety of ways – at times overwhelming them, other times subtly augmenting them. However, her harp gets downright shredded on the 25 minute opener “You’ll Be Fiinne” by ringing feedback and throbbing low end that is as exciting as it is alarming. – Ryan Potts, Experimedia