Artists of the week: Hiss Golden Messenger
Hiss Golden Messenger is an American band from from North Carolina that is a vehicle for the converging efforts of singer-songwriter M.C. Taylor and multi-instrumentalist Scott Hirsch, a creative partnership that goes back to the glorious days of The Court and Spark, arguably one of the best alternative country bands of the last two decades. Their music is a fusion of pop-rock, folk and blues, pretty much in the vein of Bonnie Prince Billy, Bill Callahan, M. Ward and The Tallest Man with the important exception that it also incorporates gospel and some flavored Southern R&B.
The new Heart Like a Levee is their sixth album in seven years, quite a feat for such a band that has been touring a lot in the recent years. Lyrically, M.C. Taylor songs gravitate around the guilt of being an absent husband and father due to the work that financially supports his family. Musically, this is one of the most joyous records of Hiss Golden Messenger, reinforcing the idea that the band is a commune where musicians (from William Tyler to members of Bon Iver) feed their creativity with some spiritual warmth. 2016 would look definitely incomplete without this deeply emotional beauty.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.