Hiss Golden Messenger announces new album, Heart Like a Levee, shares single “Biloxi” — listen

The follow-up to 2014′s Lateness of Dancers is due out this October

    M.C. Taylor has announced his return as Hiss Golden Messenger. The Americana songwriter will release his latest album, Heart Like a Levee, on October 7th via Merge Records.

    The new LP follows one of 2014’s best albumsLateness of Dancers. Taylor produced the album himself alongside bassist Bradley Cook, saying that it was written “during a time of transition and doubt.” The result is a collection of songs that are “raw, but also joyous… Life is simultaneously happy and sad at once and that’s how I want my records to feel. I think that’s how Hear Like a Levee feels.” Helping him create that feeling were pianist Phil Cook (Megafaun), drummer Matt McCaughan (Bon Iver), backup singers Tift Merritt and Alexandra Sauser-Monning (Mountain Man), and horn section Matt Douglas and Michael Lewis.

    As a taste of this bittersweet record, Hiss Golden Messenger has shared the lead single “Biloxi”. There’s certainly an air of faded longing in the strumming guitars, and the chorus itself is a perfect encapsulation of this emotional juxtaposition: “It’s hard, Lord/ Lord, it’s hard,” Taylor sings. “Oh everybody in the whole damn place just gotta have a good time.”


    Take a listen to the track above. Pre-orders for Heart Like a Levee are going on now, with deluxe versions coming with a bonus album dubbed Vestapol. The eight-song companion is described as “an intimate collection of eight previously unreleased tracks” that Taylor wrote while working on Heart Like a Levee, except these were recorded in motels and in his own home in Durham, North Carolina.

    Find each album’s tracklist and album art below.

    Heart Like a Levee Album Artwork:


    Heart Like a Levee Tracklist:
    01. Biloxi
    02. Tell Her I’m Just Dancing
    03. Heart Like a Levee
    04. Like a Mirror Loves a Hammer
    05. Smoky’s Song
    06. Cracked Windshield
    07. As the Crow Flies
    08. Happy Day (Sister My Sister)
    09. Say It Like You Mean It
    10. Ace of Cups Hung Low Band
    11. Highland Grace

    Vestapol Album Artwork:


    Vestapol Tracklist:
    01. Blackeyed Boy
    02. After the Colors
    03. Together’s Just a Word
    04. Living Above the Waterline
    05. Strawberry Girl Reel
    06. Little Rain
    07. John the Gun
    08. Vestapol (Is Where I’m Bound)


    Update — Monday, July 18th at 12:30 p.m. CT: Hiss Golden Messenger has announced a world tour in support of the new record.

    Hiss Golden Messenger 2016 Tour Dates:
    07/28 – Portland, ME @ One Longfellow Square *
    10/14 – Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
    10/15 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
    10/16 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
    10/17 – New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s
    10/18 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
    10/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
    10/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
    10/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl #
    10/25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
    10/27 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
    10/29 – Vancouver, BC @ The Fox
    10/30 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
    11/01 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
    11/02 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
    11/04 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
    11/05 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
    11/06 – Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk
    11/07 – Ferndale, MI @ Loving Touch
    11/09 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
    11/10 – Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz
    11/11 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
    11/12 – Newtown, CT @ Edmond Town Hall
    11/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
    11/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
    11/17 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
    11/19 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
    12/01 – Antwerp, BE @ De Roma
    12/03 – Brighton, UK @ Bleach
    12/04 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
    12/05 – London, UK @ Village Underground
    12/07 – Berlin, DE @ Privat Club
    12/08 – Amsterdam, NE @ Bitterzoet

    * = solo performance
    # = supporting Bon Iver