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Hiss Golden Messenger shares new track "Hardlytown"

20 April 2021, 16:38 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Having announced new album Quietly Blowing It last month, Hiss Golden Messenger has unveiled the album's second single "Hardlytown".

"Hardlytown" is the second track to be lifted from Quietly Blowing It, after last month's lead outing "If It Comes in the Morning".

Bandleader MC Taylor says of the new song, "The times that we’re living through have made me think, in so many different ways large and small, about our obligations to one another. How much to give away? How much to keep for ourselves? How much is too much, and how much is not enough? Maybe the conversation that the mother and son have throughout "Hardlytown" was my attempt to reckon with the tension that exists between selflessness and selfishness."

He adds, "We all know some version of this conversation. We’re currently in the middle of it as a country and as a species. I have two children, and I’m trying to teach them about what it means to be, and the ways we all stand to benefit from being, good neighbors. It’s sort of a simple lesson in theory, but more complicated in practice. But then, I guess all good things are."

Quietly Blowing It, which will follow their Grammy-nominated 2019 album Terms Of Surrender, was written, arranged, and produced by MC Taylor, who says the album "feels like the most personal album that I’ve made because I’m not trying to explain anything to anyone except myself."

"Hardlytown" is out now. Hiss Golden Messenger's Quietly Blowing It album will be released via Merge Records on 25 June, and is available to pre-order now.
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