:: A love on first listen.
Only seventeen months ago, Hiss Golden Messenger released their stunning fourth album Haw. The roots rock project of North Carolina native MC Taylor and his recording partner Scott Hirsch – both already bandmates in former hardcore-punk outfit Ex Ignota and indie-rock band The Court & Spark – released their previous albums on varying labels. For their fifth studio effort, Lateness of Dancers, Hiss Golden Messenger have now signed to Merge Records. The album won’t be out before next Tuesday, but you can listen to it in full by now.
Lateness of Dancers drops officially in the UK/Europe on September 08, 2014 via Merge Records. North America sees release on September 09. The set of ten songs will be available as download, CD and 12″ vinyl LP (including download code). You can buy digitally from iTunes or order your physical copy directly from the Merge Store.
The album is now streaming in its entirety over at Pitchfork Advance, make sure to check it out before the stream is taken down upon official release.
Lateness of Dancers was recorded in a tin-roofed barn outside of Hillsborough, North Carolina, in fall 2013. The album includes contributions by Phil and Brad Cook of Megafaun, the guitarist William Tyler, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man contributes on backing vocals, Terry Lonergan and Matt McCaughan of Bon Iver. The record takes its name from a story by southern US writer, photographer and Pulitzer award winner Eudora Welty.
Listen above to Mahogany Dread, my favourite song off Lateness of Dancers. Hiss Golden Messenger is touring North America with his new album in this month and in November. Check out the upcoming dates below and listen to the previously released teaser singles Saturday’s Song and Brother Do You Know The Road?.
02. Saturday’s Song
03. Mahogany Dread
04. Day O Day (A Love So Free)
05. Lateness of Dancers
06. I’m a Raven (Shake Children)
07. Black Dog Wind (Rose of Roses)
08. Southern Grammar
09. Chapter & Verse (Ione’s Song)
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sat 13 Sep 2014 // Carrboro, NC, USA // Cat’s Cradle (Album Release Show)
Mon 15 Sep 2014 // Washington, DC, USA // DC 9
Tue 16 Sep 2014 // Philadelphia, PA, USA // Johnny Brenda’s
Thu 18 Sep 2014 // Brooklyn, NY, USA // Rough Trade NYC
Fri 19 Sep 2014 // Allston, MA, USA // Brighton Music Hall
Sat 20 Sep 2014 // Montreal, QC, Canada // Ukranian Federation
Sun 21 Sep 2014 // Toronto, ON, Canada // Horseshoe Tavern
>> The full touring schedule is available here.
music OMH − Hiss Golden Messenger – Lateness of Dancers
More ‘Hiss Golden Messenger’ on Music Pickings:
2013, May 04 − Sufferer (Love My Conqueror) / New Album ‘Haw’ (2013/04/21)