Hiss Golden Messenger - Quietly Blowing It
Hiss Golden Messenger - Quietly Blowing It

Hiss Golden Messenger - Quietly Blowing It

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A big return from one of our most favourite voices.


“I went looking for peace,” says songwriter M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger about his new album Quietly Blowing It.

“It’s not exactly a record about the state of the world - or my world - in 2020, but more a retrospective of the past five years of my life, painted in sort of impressionistic hues. Maybe I had the presence of mind when I was writing Quietly Blowing It to know that this was the time to go as deep as I needed to in order to make a record like this. And I got the time required in order to do that.”

+ Dinked Edition 104
+ Merge / MRG755LP-C4
+ Powder blue swirl vinyl
+ 22.75" x 33" folded newsprint poster
+ “Live in Leeds” CD
+ Numbered edition
+ Limited pressing of 500
He pauses and laughs ruefully. “I got way more time than I needed, actually.”

Quietly Blowing It was written and arranged by Taylor in his home studio—his 8’ × 10’ sanctuary packed floor to ceiling with books, records, and old guitars—as he watched the chaotic world spin outside his window. “Writing became a daily routine,” he explains, “and that was a ballast for me. Having spent so much time on the road over the past ten years, where writing consistently with any kind of flow can be tricky, it felt refreshing. And being in my studio, which is both isolated from and totally connected to the life of my family, felt appropriate for these songs.” Between March and June, Taylor wrote and recorded upwards of two dozen songs—in most cases playing all of the instruments himself—before winnowing the collection down and bringing them to the Hiss band. In July, the group of musicians, with Taylor in the production seat, went into Overdub Lane in Durham, NC, for a week, where they recorded Quietly Blowing It as an organic unit honed to a fine edge from their years together on the road. “We all needed to be making that music together,” he recalls. “We’ve all spent so many years traveling all over the world, but in that moment, it felt cathartic to be recording those particular songs with each other in our own small hometown.”

+ Indies Only peak vinyl is metallic blue vinyl in matte jacket and includes a newsprint poster. All three LP formats include an MP3 album download.

Side A
1 Way Back in the Way Back
2 The Great Mystifier
3 Mighty Dollar
4 Quietly Blowing It
5 It Will If We Let It

Side B
6 Hardlytown
7 If It Comes in the Morning
8 Glory Strums (Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner)
9 Painting Houses
10 Angels in the Headlights
11 Sanctuary

Dinked exclusive Live in Leeds CD

- There’s a New Day Coming
- Jaw
- Call Him Daylight
- Red Rose Nantahala
- My Wing
- Terms of Surrender
- Blue Country Mystic
- Highland Grace
- Beat the Retreat
- Harder Rain

This performance was recorded by Luc Suèr at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds on the evening of December 12, 2019. It was mixed by Luc in January 2021 and mastered by Chris Boerner.

All songs copyright Prophecy Connection Songs, BMI, with the exception of “There’s a New Day Coming,” which is an adaptation of Bernice Johnson Reagon’s “There’s a New World Coming,” and “Beat the Retreat” by Richard & Linda Thompson.

Harmony on “Beat the Retreat” is sung by Olivia Chaney.
Photos by Chris Frisina.
Design by Daniel Murphy.
Artist: Hiss Golden Messenger
Label: Merge
Catalogue: MRG755CD
Barcode: 673855075525
Format: LP or CD
Release Date: 25th June 2021

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