Hiss Golden Messenger’s critically acclaimed new record Heart Like a Levee is out now, available everywhere via Merge Records. The media continues to praise the record in the wake of its release and the band’s subsequent North American headlining tour:

“The first song to be released from Hiss Golden Messenger’s sublime new record… isn’t Don Draper at Sally’s birthday party, freaking out as he realizes everything he’s lost. It’s the understanding that sacrifices worth making don’t feel like sacrifices at all.” –Pitchfork

“Undercurrents of life, death, art and the struggle to reconcile it all animate the 11 vivid songs on Heart Like a Levee, a stately collection of gospelized country-soul…it’s a collection that feels lived-in and true to life.” –Rolling Stone

“Rising from a platform of self-doubt but fortified by Mr. Taylor’s appreciation for the traditional and his modest sense of adventure, Heart Like a Levee unfolds as a warm, often-understated but powerful recording. It provides an enjoyable ride through an exploration of a style of American music that always seems to reward appreciation.” –The Wall Street Journal

“This is folk-inflected music, but it’s not rudimentary or primitive. Hiss Golden Messenger has traded some of the thump of previous albums for a sound that’s almost proggy at times…amid the rich texture, you can pick out Ryan Gustafson’s banjo, Phil Cook’s pealing guitar, and Tift Merritt’s backing vocals.” –The Atlantic

“If you’re looking for the perfect soundtrack to the changing seasons, look no further than Hiss Golden Messenger’s Heart Like a Levee…[the songs] are filled with longing and drive.” –ELLE

“The lead track from the new Hiss Golden Messenger album Heart Like a Levee is called ‘Biloxi’ and it sounds like if Bob Dylan forgot the words to the Allman Brothers’ ‘Melissa’ and just made up his own. This is a FANTASTIC way to write a song.” –USA Today

The video for the track “Like a Mirror Loves a Hammer” recently premiered at Southern Living; watch/share is at http://bit.ly/2fid6VY. Hiss Golden Messenger also recently performed for the New York Times via Facebook Live; view/share the performance at http://bit.ly/2foUKop.

The group continues its worldwide tour this winter, with Hiss Golden Messenger creative force M.C. Taylor and his band performing throughout the south this spring, at first with Jason Isbell before joining up with Drive By Truckers; see below for a complete list of shows.

The songs on Heart Like A Levee are immediate, dealing with themes that include leaving and returning, belief and trust, guilt, honesty and life on the road. Taylor says, “I wrote these songs during a time of transition and doubt. The process was raw, but also joyous. I spent a lot of time with these words and chords in all types of weather. In the end I learned more about myself making this record than any in the past, and that’s one important way for me to gauge whether an album was worth making.

I want to make records that feel both minor and major key at the same time; maybe ‘bittersweet’ is a good word for it. Life is simultaneously happy and sad at once and that’s how I want my records to feel. I think that’s how Heart Like a Levee feels.” 

The album was self produced by Taylor and Bradley Cook and recorded in Durham, NC with Taylor’s close knit North Carolina collaborators: brothers Phil and Bradley Cook on piano and bass, Matt McCaughan on drums, Tift Merritt and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig on backing vocals and Matt Douglas and Michael Lewis on horns.

Order Heart Like a Levee on LP and CD in the Merge store, or digitally here. Double-disc deluxe versions include bonus album Vestapol, composed of eight previously unreleased songs performed and recorded almost entirely by M.C. Taylor in various motels on the road and at his home in Durham, North Carolina. Keep up with Hiss Golden Messenger on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

For more information, please contact Krista Williams, Asha Goodman or Carla Sacks or at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.

1. Biloxi
2. Tell Her I'm Just Dancing
3. Heart Like a Levee
4. Like a Mirror Loves a Hammer
5. Smoky's Song
6. Cracked Windshield
7. As the Crow Flies
8. Happy Day (Sister My Sister)
9. Say It Like You Mean It
10. Ace of Cups
11. Highland Grace


* - with Jason Isbell
† - with Drive By Truckers

Mar 30 /// Wilmington, NC /// Wilson Center, Cape Fear Stage*
Mar 31 /// Lagrange, GA /// Sweetland Amphitheatre at Boyd*
Apr 01 /// Savannah, GA /// Savannah Music Festival
Apr 02 /// Savannah, GA /// Savannah Music Festival
Apr 07 /// Dallas, TX /// Granada Theater†
Apr 08 /// Austin, TX /// Stubbs Waller Creek†
Apr 10 /// San Antonio, TX /// Paper Tiger†
Apr 11 /// Houston, TX /// White Oak Music Hall†
Apr 13 /// Mobile, AL /// Soul Kitchen†
Apr 14 /// New Orleans, LA /// Tipitina’s†
Apr 15 /// New Orleans, LA /// Tipitina’s†
Apr 16 /// Ponte Vedra Beach, FL /// Ponte Vedra Concert Hall†
Apr 18 /// Columbia, SC /// Music Farm Columbia†
Apr 19 /// Wilmington, NC /// Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre†
Apr 20 /// Wilmington, DE /// World Café Live†
Apr 21 /// Washington, DC /// 9:30 Club†
Apr 22 /// Washington, DC /// 9:30 Club†
Jun 15 /// Birmingham, AL /// Sloss Fest
Jun 16 /// Birmingham, AL /// Sloss Fest