The ambiguous moments on Hiss Golden Messenger’s new album are intentional, according to frontman M.C. Taylor. “I want to make records that feel both minor and major key at the same time; maybe ‘bittersweet’ is a good word for it. Life is simultaneously happy and sad at once, and that’s how I want my records to feel. I think that’s how Heart Like a Levee feels.” The album was recorded in Durham, where Taylor resides — at least, when he’s not hopping between hotels and music venues. His lyrics attempt to untangle feelings stemming from that lifestyle in addition to exploring guilt, honesty, trust and other internal phenomena. Hiss Golden Messenger’s international tour begins at The Mothlight on Friday, Oct. 14, at 9:30 p.m. The Dead Tongues open. $15. themothlight.com. Photo by Andy Tenille
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