Harpist Mary Lattimore’s New Video Is a Thing of Botanical Beauty

Harpist Mary Lattimore’s New Video Is a Thing of Botanical Beauty

Earlier this month, the harpist and composer Mary Lattimore put out a record called Hundreds of Days, the latest big drip in the constant flow of solo releases and collaborations she’s issued over the last half-decade. Each of the releases has had a hand as establishing her place as the one of the instrument’s preeminent experimentalists, unfurling intersecting arpeggios that give the recordings a delirious momentum. Hundreds of Days is built on this energy—a sort of circular back and forth that feels both comforting and disorienting at the same time, in the way that a school bus moving past your car can make it feel like you’re moving backward instead of it moving forward.

That momentum is also at the heart of her new video, directed by GEORGIA, for “Never Saw Him Again,” a seven-and-a-half-minute piece from the new record, which uses the energy of the open road and close ups of flowers in darkness as its raw materials. As so many nature documentaries have proven, botanical images start to feel like alien landscapes in extreme closeup—and the automobiles captured in the clip provide images of traversal among them. They’re separate worlds, this microscopic living one and the macro mechanical one, but the clip highlights their connections, drawing them into similar scales and timelines. It all starts to feel otherworldly by the end, however mundane it may first seem, which is a pretty solid metaphor for how Lattimore’s pieces work in the first place.

You can watch the video for “Never Saw Him Again” up above, and check out Hundreds of Days over at the Ghostly site. It’s out now.