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!More >
Hiss Golden Messenger, the nom de plume of songwriter and singer M.C. Taylor, released his fifth album Lateness of Dancers today (September 15 worldwide). It’s an open, confident, immediate album, and it feels, at times, like a direct response to the darkness of Taylor’s last record, 2013’s Haw, or to the searching of 2010’s Bad Debt, the stunning acoustic LP he made at his kitchen table shortly after the birth of his son. It was recorded outside of Hillsborough, North Carolina, and features Phil and Brad Cook of Megafaun, guitarist William Tyler, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man, and Taylor’s long-time recording partner Scott Hirsch.
This morning saw enthusiastic album reviews from Pitchfork, Aquarium Drunkard, and many others, as well as an in-depth feature on M.C. Taylor in The Washington Post. KEXP has posted a unique session recorded at Pickathon earlier this year.
Hiss Golden Messenger will release their fifth studio album Lateness of Dancers on September 9th in the US (September 15th worldwide). Today, Consequence of Sound premiered the single “Mahogany Dread,” "a slightly smoky jam that weaves together bits of twangy honky-tonk, earnest John Mellencamp, and spirited Tom Petty." Listen below!More >
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.
Today, Google Play premiered a new documentary in the US about Merge Records. In candid, amusing interviews, Mac, Laura, Merge musicians, and friends of the label talk about its evolution and unwavering focus on its artists. Daniel Handler, author of the Lemony Snicket series of books (and sometime member of The Magnetic Fields), narrates the documentary.
Also, music fans in the US are invited to download 25 free Merge tracks, including five new and exclusive recordings from Superchunk, The Mountain Goats, Telekinesis, Saint Rich, and Hiss Golden Messenger.
Visit Google Play now to watch the documentary and download the tracks (US only).
“When Saturday comes I'm going to heal myself / When Saturday comes with the lamb and the four swords / I might get a little crazy / Here comes Sunday waiting for me” sings M.C. Taylor on Hiss Golden Messenger’s “Saturday’s Song,” the first offering from the forthcoming album Lateness of Dancers. Stereogum premiered the track, calling it, "a simple song about the plight of the working stiff and the weekend’s elusive promise of release. Every time I hear it, I love it more.”
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.More >
Join us in welcoming Durham, North Carolina's Hiss Golden Messenger to the Merge roster!
Chief songwriter M.C. Taylor's official statement on today's news:
I've been buying Merge records for about half of my time on Earth, so I am very stoked and deeply gratified to be joining their esteemed ranks. I hear the steak tartare in the Merge Cantina is wonderful, and I look forward to trading in all of my cash for company scrip, known as Mergebucks (which is not yet legal tender but should be soon, they assure me). Onwards!