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:

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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