HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER’S “LIKE A MIRROR LOVES A HAMMER” VIDEO PREMIERES AT SOUTHERN LIVING
ON TOUR THROUGHOUT FALL AND WINTER WITH NEW DATES IN MIDWEST AND SOUTHEAST
HEART LIKE A LEVEE OUT NOW ONMERGE RECORDS, GARNERS CRITICAL ACCLAIM
The video for the track “Like a Mirror Loves a Hammer” from Hiss Golden Messenger’s critically acclaimed new record Heart Like a Levee is premiering now at Southern Living. Watch/share the video at http://bit.ly/2fid6VY.
The group is currently on a worldwide tour which sees Hiss Golden Messenger creative force M.C. Taylor and his band traveling throughout North America as well as playing shows in the UK and Europe in December. Newly confirmed dates include performances in the Midwest and Southeast; see below for a complete list of shows.
The new album, available everywhere now via Merge Records, is receiving extensive critical acclaim:
“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
Hiss Golden Messenger recently performed for the New York Times via Facebook Live; view/share the performance HERE.
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.
HEART LIKE A LEVEE TRACK LIST
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
HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER ON TOUR
* - with Phil Cook
† - with The Dead Tongues
Nov 17 ///Washington, DC /// Rock & Roll Hotel *
Nov 19 /// Carrboro, NC /// Cat’s Cradle
Dec 01 /// Antwerp, BE /// De Roma *
Dec 03 ///Brighton, UK /// Bleach †
Dec 04 ///Leeds, UK /// Brudenell Social Club *
Dec 05 ///London, UK /// Village Underground †
Dec 07 /// Berlin, DE /// Privat Club †
Dec 08 ///Amsterdam, NE /// Bitterzoet *
Jan 26 ///Bloomington, IN /// The Bishop
Jan 27 ///Holland, MI /// Knickerbocker Theatre at Hope College
Jan 28 ///Ann Arbor, MI ///The Blind Pig
Jan 29 /// Columbus, OH /// Wexner Center
Jan 31 ///Pittsburgh, PA /// The Warhol Museum
Feb 01 ///Harrisonburg, VA /// Court Square Theatre
Feb 02 ///Morgantown, WV /// 123 Pleasant Street
Feb 03 /// Richmond, VA /// The Broadberry
Feb 06 /// Oxford, MS /// Proud Larry’s
Feb 07 ///Birmingham, AL /// The Saturn
Feb 08 /// Tallahassee, FL /// Club Downunder
Feb 09 ///Jacksonville, FL /// Jack Rabbits
Feb 10 ///Athens, GA /// 40 Watt Club
Feb 11 /// Charleston, SC /// The Charleston Pourhouse
Feb 12 ///Charlotte, NC /// The Neighborhood Theatre
Apr 01 ///Savannah, GA /// Savannah Music Festival
Apr 02 /// Savannah, GA /// Savannah Music Festival