Hiss Golden Messenger – Lateness Of Dancers

M.C.Taylor, along with a series of long term collaborators, is now on his fifth record under the Hiss Golden Messenger moniker and after the starkness of ‘Bad Debt’ and the darkness of ‘Haw’ this album feels like a stellar leap forward. Confident, lush and bursting with mature story-songs this is alternative Americana that flirts with the mainstream while always keeping its credibility. Guitar and piano underpin the songs while mellow solos waft around the words and are often punctured by organ, banjo and drum flourishes. Stand out centrepiece and title track ‘Lateness Of Dancers’ with its backward guitar build up to the chorus ‘Real love, it broke me’ is stunning, if Taylor’s voice wasn’t so beautiful it would crack over those words as Alexandra Sauser-Monnig joins him and complements him perfectly. The sound of distant crickets between songs and the use of a child to introduce ‘Day Oh Day’ give a very intimate feel drawing you in and holding you close throughout. From the jaunty ‘Lucia’ through to album closer ‘Drum’ you will wonder why, with songs this good, Taylor and his talented bunch are not one of the biggest names on the planet as he rightly deserves to be.

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