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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the collaboration between harpist Mary Lattimore and Superchunk's Mac McCaughan features four movements recorded in North Carolina.

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  • Record Label: Three Lobed
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Avant-Garde, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Ambient, Improvisation
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  1. Mar 20, 2019
    What emerges through this permeable landscape is an ecosystem all its own.
  2. Mar 20, 2019
    New Rain Duets teems with ideas that float and drift together. It works because McCaughan and Lattimore use their shared vocabulary to tease out the beauty in the murky haze.
  3. Mar 20, 2019
    Lattimore's tranquil and introspective playing guides the duo's meditations to some of the same cosmic zones as her solo work. The combination of the two personalities results in a beautifully troubled unfurling, one that offers quiet comfort in its moments of both darkness and light.
  4. Uncut
    Mar 21, 2019
    The result is lush, beautifully busy-bodied ambient music with a roomy, lo-fi hiss running underneath, as though they're creating these sounds in a basement somewhere. [May 2019, p.30]
  5. Mojo
    Mar 20, 2019
    The results have a classical loveliness--track II, particularly--while retaining an air of experimental unpredictability; both players are unafraid of disrupting the reverie with free playing and fractious tones. [Apr 2019, p.94]
  6. Mar 28, 2019
    After the atmospheric first track, the second shifts toward modern classical, centering on an uncertain harp theme that develops as McCaughan gusts in low, faintly jazzy harmonies. The third movement descends into a tense, quiet dark-ambient realm: as synth tones curl up like scraped metal and animalistic noises whisper from the darkness, harp notes drop and ring like silver pins. And in the last movement, a psych-rock interlude inflates to epic proportions.
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