Hiss Golden Messenger - Terms of Surrender [LP - Coke Bottle Clear]

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Indie record store exclusive is "Peak" vinyl edition. Coke bottle green vinyl and large foldout poster. 

Describing the wandering, genre-bending compositions of bandleader M.C. Taylor in a few short words can be kind of difficult. How can you sum up someone who has toured with names as varied as Mumford & Sons AND Michael Chapman, opened for Mavis Staples at the Apollo Theatre &  put out a record on cult psychedelic/experimental label Three Lobed Recordings?

Taylor says that he wanted to make Terms of Surrender “a wandering record. I wanted where we recorded it to mirror the searching spirit of the music.” Having written upwards of 40 songs—in motel rooms, his studio in Durham, and a secluded cottage outside of Charlottesville, Virginia—Taylor winnowed them down to the ten works that comprise Terms of Surrender. With regular collaborators—including Phil and Brad Cook, Josh Kaufman, and Matt McCaughan—and new friends like Jenny Lewis and Aaron Dessner (of The National), the crew decamped to Dessner’s Long Pond studio in upstate New York, Sound City in Los Angeles, and producer Roger Moutenot’s Haptown studio in Nashville to create the most fully realized and genre-defying Hiss Golden Messenger album to date.


Track listing:

Side A

1 I Need a Teacher

2 Bright Direction (You’re a Darkstar Now)

3 My WIng

4 Old Enough to Wonder Why (East Side—West Side)

5 Cat’s Eye Blue

Side B

6 Happy Birthday, Baby

8 Down at the Uptown

9 Katy (You Don’t Have to Be Good Yet)

10 Whip

11 Terms of Surrender


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