Daniel Bachman interviews Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler about their new record Slant of Light:
Daniel Buchanan: Mary, did you have some ideas that you wanted to expand upon?
Mary Lattimore: No ideas. (laughter) We’d just start off with a little nugget of a thought. I would start playing this thing and Jeff would be like, Okay, I’m going to learn this on the guitar and double it, or add a layer with the melodica. And that was the beginning. There were little kernels that came out of improvisation. We just sort of expanded those little kernels and then played them a second time to see what shape they could take. Three out of the four songs are second takes, and the other is the first take.
DB: Yeah, that’s another thing I wanted to ask you about after listening to it through, which I did on the car ride back down here. Are there other instruments in the mix?
ML: Oh yeah. The new instrument—the melodica!
Jeff Zeigler: Just synth, melodica, and the giant vaporizer, basically. (laughter) Harp, synth, melodica, guitar, and that’s pretty much it.
DB: Is there some kind of percussion on the last track?
JZ: No, that’s my guitar through a ring modulator.
JZ: Yeah, it’s real clangy sounding. It’s all guitar.
DB: It’s nice.
DB: That last track is pretty far out.
JZ: Yeah. It’s like a good bad trip.
DB: (laughter) It’s like when you’re really having a bad experience and your stomach’s in your throat and then you kind of settle back in, but then it leads you along again, and you’re like, I’m not out of it yet.