Hiss Golden Messenger Shares ‘Hardlytown’ Single

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Hiss Golden Messenger (M.C. Taylor) unveiled “Hardlytown,” the latest single from his forthcoming Quietly Blowing It album as well as an accompanying video. Quietly Blowing It is set for release via Merge Records on June 25.

The 11-track follow-up to 2019’s Terms Of Surrender was written, arranged and produced by Taylor. Guests include producer/musician Josh Kaufman, Tony Award-winning artist Anaïs Mitchell, acclaimed guitarist Buddy Miller, The Lone Bellow’s Zach Williams and Griffin Goldsmith and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes.

“The times that we’re living through have made me think, in so many different ways large and small, about our obligations to one another,” explained M.C. Taylor. “How much to give away? How much to keep for ourselves? How much is too much, and how much is not enough? Maybe the conversation that the mother and son have throughout ‘Hardlytown’ was my attempt to reckon with the tension that exists between selflessness and selfishness.

“We all know some version of this conversation. We’re currently in the middle of it as a country and as a species,” Taylor added. “I have two children, and I’m trying to teach them about what it means to be, and the ways we all stand to benefit from being, good neighbors. It’s sort of a simple lesson in theory, but more complicated in practice. But then, I guess all good things are.”

Hiss Golden Messenger’s “Hardlytown” video was inspired by Bob Dylan’s visual for “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” Watch the clip below:

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