It seems like a day built to realign the soul, and there’s few better suited than Mary Lattimore. Following a couple of excellent collaborations with Meg Baird and Mac McCaughan, Lattimore’s latest expands on her collaborative spirit, swaying away from her typically hermetic solo LPs to include Slowdive’s Neil Halstead as producer and collaborator. Though it’s under a solo banner, the inclusion of Halstead shades this one differently from her previous LP on Ghostly. On “Sometimes He’s In My Dreams,” Lattimore’s harp sparkles off the tops of the waves in rotating diamonds of sound — luminous and airy. Halstead’s guitar drapes alongside her with a melancholy heaviness that digs into the bones. The album centers around a beachside tragedy and both the environmental beauty and accompanying sorrow hang in a balance over the track, giving it an uneasy quality despite its shimmering hues. The record, Silver Ladders is out October 9th and this first listen gives good reason to mark that calendar.
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