ALBUM REVIEW: Hiss Golden Messenger – Heart Like A Levee | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 07.10.16

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A brilliantly sprawling, diverse and refreshing album that goes to so many different places yet never sounds like it’s truly lost; Heart Like A Levee is always assured.

Hiss Golden Messenger are an outfit who’ve never been afraid to go to unexpected territory within their music, and this record is no exception. MC Taylor wrote the bulk of the album whilst firmly in the grip of existential doubt, sitting in a hotel room while a storm raged on outside.

With this in mind, you’d expect the whole thing to be a bleak exercise in midlife melancholia, but there’s an optimism and a little beacon of hope that is complemented by the utterly gorgeous production and Taylor’s unique wit.

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