Recommended by us on 5th October 2012.
Paradise of Bachelors is pleased to announce the first-ever recorded collaboration between Hiss Golden Messenger and Elephant Micah, the respective musical projects of M.C. Taylor of Durham, North Carolina and Joe O’Connell of southern Indiana, in our estimation two of their generation’s most compelling songwriters and lyricists. Their forthcoming split 7”, scheduled for release on September 4th, finds these critically lauded artists versioning each other’s compositions and wrestling each other’s angels.
The two songs, both possessively titled, explore related issues of power, domain, submission, and mortality in the aftermath of a heavy rain. Hiss Golden Messenger offers an ambling, mandolin-laced take on “My Cousin’s King”—an ambiguous centerpiece of Elephant Micah’s superb Louder Than Thou LP—while Elephant Micah’s abstracted interpretation of “Balthazar’s Song” dilates the bleary donkey’s lament (after Robert Bresson) that opens HGM’s Bad Debt and closes Poor Moon.
Stay tuned for much more from Paradise of Bachelors in the coming months, including a reissue of war-haunted boogie by Vietnam vet band The Red Rippers, out of Pensacola; a 1980 album of high-test, futuristic country-psych by Nashville’s Chance Martin, comrade of Johnny Cash and Cowboy Jack Clement; and Haw, Hiss Golden Messenger’s full-length follow-up to Poor Moon.
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