Hiss Golden Messenger: Lateness of Dancers

Hiss Golden Messenger, an American Americana band, recently released a terrific album Lateness of Dancers, which is a great title. I don’t know what the business is with the sub-cult of bands popping up with names starting “Hiss”, but the Golden Messenger lot aren’t really a band anyway, rather a duo of singer/songwriter/guitarist MC Taylor and multi-instrumentalist Scott Hirsh. This is their fifth album and maybe their perfect moment with a big cast of players boosting the soundscape. The songs are warm and fatalistic with lyrics almost worth printing and Taylor has the right voice for his swirling folk rock. If you like Bill Callaghan or the Byrds this should work for you.