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After the success of 2014’s excellent Lateness of Dancers, M.C. Taylor experienced guilt and anxiety when touring kept him away from his young family. Those feelings feed the lyrics of his seventh album as Hiss Golden Messenger. Taylor’s resolute honesty lends absorbing tension to his best album yet—whether it’s complemented by contemplative strumming (“Cracked Windshield”) or masked by the title track’s sweet mandolin and harmonies, and “Like a Mirror Loves a Hammer”’s swampy funk.

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My Heart Sings...

The record is gorgeous! The band keeps elevating to higher and higher levels. Pick this up!


What a beautiful album! Thankful I stumbled upon this wonderfully written album. I especially like Biloxi, Cracked Windshield, Tell Her I'm Just Dancing, and Highland Grace.


Formed: 2008 in North Carolina

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A vehicle for singer/songwriter Michael Taylor (M.C. Taylor) and multi-instrumentalist and recording engineer Scott Hirsch, Hiss Golden Messenger's fusion of classic rock, folk-pop, and sparse blues in various guises has seen Taylor compared to the likes of lo-fi legends Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Bill Callahan. Born and raised in Southern California, Taylor was inspired to pick up the guitar by his musician father, who had previously played in the Settlers, a pop outfit that once opened for John...
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