This morning, the New York Times’ T Magazine premiered a live performance video for “Lucia,” the first song from the forthcoming Hiss Golden Messenger album, Lateness of Dancers. The video, filmed in Cornwall, England, was directed by video collective Before the Winter Fires, who captured a solo performance by Hiss Golden Messenger’s M.C. Taylor on 16mm film using a Beaulieu R16 camera. Check it out now!
The directors had this to say about the video:
For the past few years, we've been searching for authentic ways to capture folk and Americana performances to mirror that timeless quality within the music. Shooting on film—a beautiful medium rapidly dying out due to the rise of digital HD cameras—was something we’ve always wanted to explore. We approached Hiss Golden Messenger with the idea of shooting our first 16mm test, and Mike was really into the idea. We knew his music would work so well with the colors, grain, and raw imperfections that can only be captured on film. With just a couple of rolls per song, he had only two shots at nailing it, which creates this natural intensity on camera. We were really pleased to work with HGM and think the results turned out great.
Lateness of Dancers, Hiss Golden Messenger's fifth studio album, is out September 9 in the US and September 16 worldwide; pre-order now on LP, CD, or digital in the Merge store. The band is currently in Europe playing shows but will return stateside for Merge 25 and dates through the summer and fall.
Hiss Golden Messenger on tour:
Jul 16 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
Jul 18 Suffolk, UK – Latitude Festival
Jul 19 Gloucestershire, UK - The Prince Albert
Jul 20 North Devon, UK – Somersault Festival
Jul 25 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle (Merge 25 Festival)
Jul 26 Winston-Salem, NC – SECCA w/ William Tyler
Aug 01 Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon
Aug 10 San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Festival
Aug 14 Richmond, VA – The National w/ Jason Isbell
Aug 19 Roanoke, VA – Shaftman Performance Hall w/ Jason Isbell
Aug 30 Asheville, NC – Transfigurations II
Sep 13 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Sep 15 Washington, DC – DC9
Sep 16 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
Sep 18 Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
Sep 19 Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Sep 20 Montreal, QC – Ukrainian Federation (Pop Montreal)
Sep 21 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern