Utter beauty is captured on ‘New Rain Duets’, the collaboration between Mary Lattimore and Mac McCaughan. Liquid harp melds seamlessly with an amorphous world of electronics, odd ticks and splatters of dissonance enriching and extending rather than detracting from the aforementioned beauty. It’s a vital collaborative effort.
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- New Rain Duets by Mary Lattimore & Mac McCaughan
The kids go absolutely crazy for Mary Lattimore and her harp plucking. Give them this and a Nandos at the same time and there'll be some kind of millennial explosion.
It hasn't really been questioned as to how she's managed to get herself in a position where a collaboration with the Superchunk singer is a thing but here it is. The duo sat down just after Trump was elected and improvised some pieces. On opener '1' Mac sits sternly on the synth picking out four carefully thought out notes whilst Lattimore plucks atop. On 'II' Lattimore shoves her harp through a delay unit then starts layering up to very pretty effect. Mac sits there not knowing what to do for awhile before finally introducing some bass notes. Though Lattimore's music often strides happily towards atonality, it's delightful to hear her create such a lovely piece seemingly out of nothing.
The pitter patter of the harp here shows why they've called it Rain Duets...it splashes like rain across the record. The improvised nature of the record ensures that some pieces work better than others and at times there's some extraoneous faffing but overall a worthwhile experiment.,
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