Release Date: May 18, 2018
Record label: Ghostly International
Genre(s): Avant-Garde, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Harpist Mary Lattimore recorded her first album for Ghostly International, 2016's At the Dam, while traveling throughout the United States, stopping at Joshua Tree in California as well as a friend's house in Marfa, Texas. By the time she released Hundreds of Days in 2018, she had settled in Los Angeles after a lengthy stay in Philadelphia, where she had become an intrinsic part of the city's indie and experimental music scenes, as well as a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts, located in the Bay Area. Hundreds of Days was born from this residency, and it's shaped by the memories of her past experiences as well as the hope and excitement of her new life on the West Coast.
There's a striking photograph of Mary Lattimore that tells you more than any sentence could about the vibe of her music. It's a dusty, black-and-white image, in the style of Walker Evans, that shows Lattimore holding her enormous, 47-string Lyon & Healy harp in the middle of an arid-looking plain. Behind her there is dirt, bushland, and, in the distance, a mountain range.
If 2016's At The Dam was a product of travel, Mary Lattimore's follow-up album was created through immersion in its environment. Recorded in a barn in Marin County, CA, the surrounding nature was a significant influence on Hundreds Of Days, and because of this the album has a tranquil quality running through it. The songs tend to feature elegant melodic figures played by Mary Lattimore on her harp, which form the basis of structures that build over the course of several minutes.