TOTW: Mary Lattimore_ Til A Mermaid Drags You Under

On her album “Silver Ladders” Harpist Mary Lattimore creates soft, shifting tracks that are rich in character.

It the way the Harp interacts with the other instruments throughout the tracks that really gives the pieces such an identifiable quality. Most of the instrumentation is made up of small repetitive motifs that are played with slight iterations each time. Each instrument doesn’t seem to stay locked into tempo instead they all seem to drift around each other and as they do they interplay with different notes from other instruments creating new textures and chords.

“Til A Mermaid Drags You Under” is a great example of this drifting style. Harp and electric guitar interweave with each other to create wide and beautiful ambiances that undulate over time resulting in a track that continues to change whilst holding a collection of simple melodic structures:


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