We have long been admirers of the spooky, fractured, disconnected folk-blues of Hiss Golden Messenger.
Good to report then that there will be a new album, Haw, on April 1st. Consisting of eleven songs, all written by M.C. Taylor, who once lived hard by the ‘Haw’ with his wife Abigail and their son Elijah—”Well I come from the bottom of the river Haw“, he sings—but he doesn’t live there anymore. Having followed the slipstream to the relative bustle of nearby Durham, North Carolina, he has composed a new clutch of tunes that conjure the half-remembered dreams of peace promised by our pasts.
Haw has an intermingling cast of prophetic characters both sacred and profane: Daniel, Elijah, the Apostles, and the Son of Man, sure, but also the Peacock Fiddle Band, Mississippi John Hurt, and by implication, Lew Welch, Waylon Jennings, Michael Hurley, and our friend Jefferson Currie II.
This is another collection of fatalistic, eerie, smoky Southern blues – songs that crackle and pop with the embers of forgotten memories. Beautiful, mesmerising, and unique. Believe us, these are songs to be hoarded and treasured; to be listened to obsessively by spluttering candle light.Follow @madmackerel