Hiss Golden Messenger announces Lateness of Dancers LP, out September 9

Hiss Golden Messenger announces Lateness of Dancers LP, out September 9

Following the release of 2013’s critically acclaimed Haw and the reissue of the much-lauded album Bad Debt earlier this year, Hiss Golden Messenger returns with his fifth studio album and first for Merge Records on September 9th, entitled Lateness of Dancers. Hiss Golden Messenger has also released an official trailer for Lateness of Dancers; check it out below.

Hailing from Durham, North Carolina, M.C. Taylor—Hiss Golden Messenger—has been writing some of the most highly regarded folk-rock/Americana music of the last decade, all the while remaining firmly planted outside the confines of the most recent folk-pop revival. Past Hiss Golden Messenger records have found Taylor grappling with questions of faith, addiction, honesty, and the existential dilemmas of growing older (if not wiser). On Lateness, Taylor—now a father twice over—continues to travel these paths with a warmth, deep immediacy, emotional complexity, and exploratory vision that are hallmarks of the HGM catalogue. Simply put: there is nobody making music like Hiss Golden Messenger.

Lateness of Dancers was recorded in a tin-roofed barn outside of Hillsborough, North Carolina, and includes many of Taylor’s longtime collaborators including Phil and Brad Cook, William Tyler, Terry Lonergan, Matt McCaughan, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, and longtime recording partner and collaborator Scott Hirsch.

Pre-orders are available for Lateness of Dancers in the Merge store on LP with gatefold jacket, CD, digital, and on iTunes.

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Hiss Golden Messenger’s fifth studio album Lateness of Dancers is out now everywhere on Merge Records. In celebration of the U.K. release date, NME premiered the music video for single “Mahogany Dread” which they deemed “life-affirming.” See the band on tour now, and on The Late Show with David Letterman on November 21!

Order Lateness of Dancers now in the Merge store, on iTunes, Rdio, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, or at your favorite independent record store.

Merge 25 Festival: now with day parties and a website!

As we all prep for the Merge 25 Festival on July 23–26, there are still plenty of truly awesome surprises to share in the coming month!
Let’s begin with two day parties occurring on Thursday and Friday behind Cat’s Cradle. Both are free and open to the public (until we’re at capacity), and both will have beer and food on-site for purchase. Think of these events as tasty appetizers before each evening’s six-course meal inside Cat’s Cradle:
Thursday, July 24, 4–6pm
Orange County Social Club, Carrboro, NC
(FREE & open to public)
Amor de Días
Hiss Golden Messenger
Friday, July 25, 4–6pm 
Orange County Social Club, Carrboro, NC
(FREE & open to public)
Radar Brothers
Saint Rich
Thursday and Friday’s shows inside Cat’s Cradle are sold out, but there are a few tickets still available for Wednesday’s show at Baldwin Auditorium in Durham and Saturday’s big outdoor blowout in Carrboro, the latter hosted by Margaret Cho!

To keep you in-the-know, we and our friends at Squarespace have created this website to host all things Merge 25 related. Be sure to bookmark it so you’ll have all of the latest festival info at your fingertips.

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