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.