Hiss Golden Messenger has announced his latest album, Hallelujah Anyhow, which will arrive Sept. 22 on Merge Records. His last album, Heart Like a Levee, was released just last October. M.C. Taylor, the creative impetus behind Hiss Golden Messenger, explained that the new album is reflective of his musical journey as a whole.
“Music took me and made me and gave me a purpose and I built my world with it, and now my geography is a musical one, forever,” Taylor said in a statement.
Read Taylor’s full poetic statement on Hallelujah Anyhow below and take a look at the tracklist and album art, too. You can preorder the album here. Taylor’s new tour dates have been unveiled as well, which you can see below, along with a HGM performance from the Paste Cloud.
M.C. Taylor’s Statement:
I’m from nowhere. That’s the way I feel about it now, right at this moment. Music took me and made me and gave me a purpose and I built my world with it, and now my geography is a musical one, forever. And when I break, when I think about running as far as I can, I remember that there is nothing that does me like music, and I might as well be a poor man in a world of my own devising. Hallelujah anyhow.
Rhythm? I learned it over twenty years in the back of rented vans, in attics and back rooms—hard places to get to, harder places to get out of. And now rhythm is my clock and I live by it. We all do. But it’ll kill you if you’re not careful. It might kill you even if you are. Hallelujah anyhow.
I see the dark clouds. I was designed to see them. They’re the same clouds of fear and destruction that have darkened the world since Revelations, just different actors. But this music is for hope. That’s the only thing I want to say about it. Love is the only way out. I’ve never been afraid of the darkness; it’s just a different kind of light. And if some days that belief comes harder than others, hallelujah anyhow.
Whatcha gonna do when the wall comes down?When the wall comes down?What you ought to do is let it lie—let it lieAnd in the gathering darkness vow to never go backIt was built by man and you can tear it downTear it down, tear it downStep back, Jack, from the darkness
I’ve seen darker things than night. Hallelujah anyhow.
Hallelujah Anyhow Tracklist:
01. Jenny of the Roses
02. Lost Out in the Darkness
04. Harder Rain
05. I Am the Song
06. Gulfport You’ve Been on My Mind
07. John the Gun
08. Domino (Time Will Tell)
09. Caledonia, My Love
10. When the Wall Comes Down
Hallelujah Anyhow Album Art:
Hiss Golden Messenger Tour Dates:
26 – Portland, Maine @ One Longfellow Square (solo performance)
12 – Edmonton, Alberta @ Edmonton Folk Festival
13 – Edmonton, Alberta @ Edmonton Folk Festival
26 – Arrington, Va. @ Lockn’ Music Festival
14 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Americanafest
15 – Bristol, Va. @ Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion
16 – Bristol, Va. @ Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion
17 – Bristol, Va. @ Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion
20 – Asheville, N.C. @ The Orange Peel
21 – Louisville, Ky. @ Zanzabar
22 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ The Hi-Fi
23 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Old Rock House
24 – Chicago, Ill. @ Lincoln Hall
26 – St. Paul, Minn. @ Turf Club
29 – Omaha, Neb. @ The Waiting Room
30 – Denver, Colo. @ The Bluebird Theater
02 – Seattle, Wash. @ Tractor Tavern
03 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ The Biltmore Cabaret
05 – Portland, Ore. @ Aladdin Theater
07 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Great American Music Hall
08 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Troubadour
10 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Valley Bar
11 – Tucson, Ariz. @ Club Congress
14 – Austin, Texas @ Barracuda
15 – Dallas, Texas @ Club Dada
16 – Houston, Texas @ White Oak Music Hall
17 – New Orleans, La. @ Tipitina’s
18 – Birmingham, Ala. @ Saturn
19 – Decatur, Ga. @ Eddie’s Attic
06 – Boston, Mass. @ The Sinclair
07 – New York, N.Y. @ Bowery Ballroom
08 – New York, N.Y. @ Bowery Ballroom
09 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ World Café Live