Hiss Golden Messenger
Friday February 4, 2022 11:00 AM EST
CL's Hal Horowitz recommends: Ex-Court and Spark frontman M.C. Taylor might have started out as a low -fi solo, acoustic guitar strummer, but he has gradually shifted towards a soulful musician with a full band in tow. His 2021 release Quietly Blowing It was recorded during the pandemic yet features a larger sound that’s part country, part folk, part singer/songwriter musing. It’s one of the finest albums in the genre of the year. — HH
From the venue:“I went looking for peace,” says songwriter M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger about his new album Quietly Blowing It, out June 25, 2021, on Merge Records. “It’s not exactly a record about the state of the world—or my world—in 2020, but more a retrospective of the past five years of my life, painted in sort of impressionistic hues. Maybe I had the presence of mind when I was writing Quietly Blowing It to know that this was the time to go as deep as I needed to in order to make a record like this. And I got the time required in order to do that.” He pauses and laughs ruefully. “I got way more time than I needed, actually.” Quietly Blowing It was written and arranged by Taylor in his home studio—his 8’ × 10’ sanctuary packed floor to ceiling with books, records, and old guitars—as he watched the chaotic world spin outside his window.