Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler, Music Inspired by Philippe Garrel’s Le Révélateur

Lena Rubin

Révélateur

by Sarah Cooper

Mary Lattimore has been classically trained on the harp since age 11. She has collaborated with the likes of Thurston Moore, Kurt Vile, and Sharon Van Etten.

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Jeff Zeigler is a multi-instrumentalist who has also produced albums for Vile (“Childish Prodigy”) as well as rock musicians band The War on Drugs (“Slave Ambient”).

The two, both Philly natives, are currently represented  by Thrill Jockey recordsThey previously collaborated on the album Slant of Light and The Withdrawing Room; on July 22 will release a soundtrack/score record called Music Inspired by Phillippe Garrel’s Le Révélateur.

Watch a gorgeous trailer for Lattimore and Zeigler’s February performance in LA, sampling their music for Le Révélateur.

Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler score Le Révélateur from Getty Public Programs on Vimeo.

Garrel’s Le Révélateur is a short experimental narrative film from 1968, a collaboration with noted French cinematographer Michael Fournier. The film, intentionally left silent, follows a young boy and his parents as they flee from a trauma that is only hinted at but never shown explicitly in the film. Produced during a period of mass strikes and demonstrations in Paris, the film is an artistic manifestation of the revolutionary spirit of May and June of 68. A popular slogan of the time, “Mai 68: Debut d’une lutte prolongée” (or “The beginning of a prolonged struggle”) captures a feeling of unrest and upheaval. Lattimore and Zeigler’s dreamy yet suspenseful music is the perfect counterpart to accompany the plight of the characters of Le Révélateur.

But the album, of course, stands on its own as well, telling a myriad of stories completely separate from the film. Often the tracks on the album are aural representations of visuals described in the title: like the gorgeous and glittering opener “The Glittering Light.” Meanwhile, tracks like “The Road” are contemplative, composed of Lattimore’s repeating trios of harp notes over a open background of Zeigler’s melancholy synth.

Music Inspired by Philippe Garrel’s Le Révélateur is out July 22nd. On July 26th, Lattimore and Zeigler will be performing live at the Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, along with Garrel’s film.

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