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Hiss Golden Messenger
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“I  went  looking  for  peace,”  says  songwriter  M.C.  Taylor  of Hiss Golden Messenger about his new album Quietly Blowing It, out June 25, 2021, on Merge Records. “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.” 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.”

Throughout Quietly Blowing It, Taylor brings his keen eye to our “broken American moment”—as he first sang on Hiss Golden Messenger’s    critically    acclaimed,    GRAMMY®-nominated Terms  of  Surrender—in  ways  that  feel  devastatingly  intimate and human. Beginning with the wanderer’s lament of “Way Back in the Way Back,” with its rallying cry of “Up with the mountains, down with the system,” Taylor carries the listener on  a  musical  journey  that  continually  returns  to  themes  of growing up, loss, obligation, and labor with piercing clarity, and his musical influences—including classic Southern soul and gospel, renegade country, and spiritual jazz—have never felt more genuine. Indeed, Quietly Blowing It is a distillation of  the  rolling  Hiss  Golden  Messenger  groove,  from  the rollicking,   Allman-esque   “The   Great   Mystifier”   to   the chiming falsetto soul of “It Will If We Let It,” to the smoky, shuffling  title  track  with  its  bittersweet  guitar  assist  from Nashville legend Buddy Miller. The album ends with soulful lead  single  “Sanctuary,”  a  song  about  trying  to  reconcile tragedy and joy, with references to John Prine (“HandsomeJohnny  had  to  go,  child…”),  economic  disparity,  and  the redemptive quality of hope. Indeed, when he sings, “Feeling bad, feeling blue, can’t get out of my own mind; but I know how to sing about it,” it feels like the album’s spiritual thesis. Throughout  Quietly  Blowing  It,  Taylor  reckons  with  the tumultuous  present  in  wholly  personal  terms,  encouraging listeners to do the same. “These songs always circle back to the things that I feel like I have a handle on and the things that I’m not proud of about myself. When I think of the phrase

‘quietly blowing it,’ I think of all the ways that I’ve misstepped, misused  my  gifts,  miscommunicated.  ‘Born  on  the  level, quietly blowing it.’ That’s what’s on my mind there. Always fuckin’ up in little ways.”

Surrounding himself with a trusted cast of collaborators that includes Miller, songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov, songwriter and Tony Award–winning playwright Anaïs Mitchell, multi- instrumentalist  Josh  Kaufman,  Dawes’  brothers  Taylor  and Griffin  Goldsmith,  and  his  oldest  musical  confidant  Scott Hirsch,  Taylor  has  made  his  most  audacious  and  hopeful work yet with Quietly Blowing It; it’s an album that speaks personal  truth  to  this  moment  in  which  the  old  models  of being feel broken and everything feels at stake. “I don’t know that the peace that I crave when I’m far from home exists, actually,”  says  Taylor.  “It’s  more  complicated.  I  still  don’t know what peace means for me, because I can be sitting on the couch watching a movie with my family and be completely tangled up in my head. But if I keep on doing my own personal work on myself—writing records like Quietly Blowing It—I have to think that I’m getting closer.”

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Philadelphia / Michigan musician Rosali (Long Hots, Wandering Shade, Monocot) contemplates life's deeper meanings and surrenders to self-discovery through songwriting, often using the structure of love songs to explore the emotional spectrum of things that one cannot label so easily. Her writing expresses the universality of human nature and shares honestly and personally about loss, love, aging, suffering, confusion, self-doubt and anger. Rosali’s music deals with existence and how it permeates through the self and back into the world, transmuting these emotions into songs, condensing the deep time of the universe into daily life. As fellow musician Meg Baird described her: "...the natural, warm resonance of her vocal performances share more than anything prescriptive, contrived or confessional ever could. It’s a power that comes from Rosali singing these incredibly crafted songs in her very own voice. She walks that tight line effortlessly, inviting the listener in without swallowing them up whole or needing anything back in return. These songs aren't for Rosali, they’re for you." Her third LP, No Medium, was released in May of 2021 and features members of Omaha country-rock outfit, David Nance Group, for a barn-burner of an album, Linda Rondstadt meets Crazy Horse.

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