Hiss Golden Messenger

Hiss Golden Messenger

Frazey Ford

Thu, November 19, 2015

8:00 pm

Baby's All Right

Brooklyn, NY

$15.00

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Hiss Golden Messenger
Hiss Golden Messenger
Lateness of Dancers is the fifth full-length from Hiss Golden Messenger. It’s an open, confident, immediate album, and it feels, at times, like a direct response to the darkness of M.C. Taylor’s last
record, 2013’s Haw, or to the searching of 2010’s Bad Debt, the stunning acoustic LP he made at his kitchen table shortly after the birth of his son. Lateness of Dancers was recorded in a tin-roofed barn outside of Hillsborough, North Carolina, last fall and includes many of Taylor’s longtime collaborators, like Phil and Brad Cook of Megafaun, the guitarist William Tyler, and his erstwhile recording partner Scott Hirsch. Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man contributes backing vocals; her tender, wooly voice both complements and challenges Taylor’s. The record takes its name from a Eudora Welty story, which is noteworthy not because of its origins—although there are hints of Welty in Taylor’s work, and not just Welty but Flannery O’Connor and Faulkner and Barry Hannah and Larry Brown and the whole pantheon of brutal and exquisite southern writers—but because Taylor is the type of person who recognizes the beauty in a phrase like that. It is a record about self-discovery and self-knowledge, and how impossible it is to outsmart yourself. I don’t know how you learn a lesson like that, except the hard way. “The misery of love is a funny thing / The more it hurts / The more you think / You can stand a little pain,” he sings on “Mahogany Dread,” one of Lateness’ most telling tracks. These are the kinds of lies we tell ourselves to feel the things we want to
feel, even when those pleasures are buried in a whole lot of hurt.
Eventually, though, the lies stack up and become blinding, like snowflakes on a windshield. What’s a person supposed to do? On the swinging, groove-heavy “I’m a Raven (Shake Children),” Taylor—now evoking the story of Noah—sings “Maybe I could see it as a peaceful world” in a way that indicates to me that, in fact, he probably can’t. Still, over and over, Taylor subverts that creeping darkness, turns it into something useful, defines it and defangs it and transforms it; Lateness of Dancers is, against all
odds, an optimistic record. I hear so much hopefulness in how he sings the word “love” toward the end of “Day O Day (A Love So Free)”—I picture him opening his mouth and it just sort of falling out whole, it’s that unencumbered—or in the coppery warmth of “Lucia,” when Taylor tells us she was beautiful in a way that makes me giddy. It seems unlikely to me that there will be another record this year that does this work, or does it this well. Lateness of Dancers is a deliverance from the self, to the self. From Taylor to us.

—Amanda Petrusich, 2014
Frazey Ford
Frazey Ford
"There was so much change in the air—all the things that people get really excited about in the '60s. My parents were on the run from the Vietnam War and had escaped into communes in Canada where my sister and I were born. It was a crazy, adventurous time for everybody."

Frazey Ford describes that era as "a time that had no definition," yet its effect on her family defined so much of who she became, both as an artist and a person. Whether it was her family's emigration to Canada in the '70s (where Frazey was born) or exploring Asia with her mother and sister in the '80s, Ford is a soul well traveled. Best known throughout the last 10 years as a member of the critically acclaimed Vancouver trio The Be Good Tanyas, Ford is now ready to tell her own story with a solo album she describes as being "moved by motherhood, earth and land." Obadiah is a collection of songs hand-carved by the hardships and exaltations of life, and stained with the rich colors of soul and folk music that fueled artists like Joni Mitchell, Ann Peebles, Neil Young, and Donny Hathaway. After a period of stillness, it's the sound of Ford finding herself once again.
Venue Information:
Baby's All Right
146 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://babysallright.com/