Hiss Golden Messenger
Quietly Blowing It, PREORDER, Street Date: June 25, 2021; Two Variants: 180G Metallic Blue Peak Vinyl in same jacket as standard LP, with 22.75" x 33" folded newsprint poster, Full album download included; 180G Black Vinyl in single jacket with matte coating & 11.5" x 11.5" insert, Includes coupon for full download, MRG755
Written, arranged, and produced by bandleader/songwriter M.C. Taylor, the album is the follow-up to 2019’s critically acclaimed release Terms of Surrender, which has been nominated for a 2021 Grammy Award for Best Americana Album.
Quietly Blowing It is an intimate and introspective offering that finds Taylor ruminating on themes of growing up, alienation, obligation, hope, purpose, family, class, self-discovery, healing, and rebuilding, fashioned with impressionistic tones. He says the record “feels like the most personal album that I’ve made because I’m not trying to explain anything to anyone except myself.” Taylor reckons with these turbulent times in deeply personal terms and seeks to inspire listeners to do the same.
As with most Hiss records, Taylor has recruited a slew of accomplished musicians to help bring his sweeping folk-rock compositions to life, including regulars Josh Kaufman (Bonny Light Horseman, Bon Iver), Matt McCaughan (Bon Iver, Flock of Dimes), Matt Douglas (The Mountain Goats) & James Wallace (William Tyler Band, Mount Moriah). Also along for the ride this album are Dawes brothers Taylor & Griffin Goldsmith & country legend Buddy Miller (accomplished artist in his own right, and featured performer w/ Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Johnny Cash, etc)