Best of 2016: Mary Lattimore
Earlier this year, harpist Mary Lattimore put out the stunning, thought-provoking At the Dam. With a single instrument, she's able to bring out a spring of different emotions and feelings, no two songs sounding alike. It's an excellent album for deep thought, earning a spot in our hearts as one of the year's best records. In turn, we asked Lattimore what records had the biggest effect on her in 2016.
Heron Oblivion - Heron Oblivion
Wow, this record. Wow, this band. Such a killer combination of musicians. Meg Baird's unique, powerful drumming style coupled with her enchantingly ethereal voice is so cool. The juxtaposition of heavy and blistering and psych-y with gorgeous and dreamy voices makes this my record of the year. Seeing them live is also amazing. Hope I get to see 'em a bunch in the future.
Weyes Blood - Front Row Seat to Earth
That deluxe Weyes Blood voice, those harmonies with the '70s-style orchestration and pre-apocalyptic vibe, and all doused in melancholia — I love this record! My favorite song is called "Be Free." A few years ago, Natalie [Mering] and I did a little solo-sets / road trip tour up the West Coast, and she played that one each night — pure and stripped-down — and I always looked forward to it. Sounds even better sitting with the other songs on this record. "Don't worry about me, I got my thing" is the most lovely, lonely line.
Daniel Bachman - Daniel Bachman
My former roommate does it again, gets deep with his guitar, takes it to a deep and personal place. He'd come home from his factory job and go down to the moldy basement and practice for hours, drinking a cheap beer and sitting by himself. Listening to him practice through the floor, getting better and better at his instrument with every hour, really inspired me in that year we lived together. I've taken this record on some good drives so far, and it's a stunner.
Julianna Barwick - Will
This one-woman choir is magical. She has so many colors in her voice, such range and versatility. Julianna mad-scientists the simple into complex concoctions that feel both risky and skillfully adept. This subtle record is one that, the more time you spend with it, really burrows into your brain.
Marissa Nadler - Strangers
I'm always drawn to Marissa's haunting and mournful songs, and really love this record. Such a lovely voice — layered harmonies and imagery like an elegant black and white film. The record feels silvery, but not cold. A pretty and solitary gem.
75 Dollar Bill - Wood / Metal / Plastic / Pattern / Rhythm / Rock
Totally hypnotic and entrancing, and great for getting into a zone. I got to see these guys live this year at Three Lobed's Day Party at Hopscotch Festival, and I think it was my favorite thing of the fest.
Rosali - Rosali
Gorgeous-voiced songbird from Philly, out on Siltbreeze. Love songs and simple, human feelings. Seeing Rosali play with a full band, too, is magnetic. I've listened to this record a lot, and am really looking forward to her new one coming out next year, too!
True Widow - Avvolgere
Delicious and crushing songs from True Widow, expanding on the harmonies and dreamy, controlled and meditative heaviness. Had so much fun touring with these guys this year.