Hiss Golden Messenger, the M.C. Taylor-fronted folk band, have announced their next studio album. Hallelujah Anyhow—the follow-up to last year’s Heart Like a Levee—is out September 22 via Merge Records. The 10-track LP was produced by Taylor and Megafaun’s Brad Cook, who also plays bass guitar. It was recorded with Brad and Phil Cook, Chris Boerner, Josh Kaufman, Darren Jessee, Michael Lewis, and Scott Hirsch. In addition, there are vocal contributions from Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, Tift Merritt, Skylar Gudasz, Tamisha Waden, and John Paul White. (The Cooks, Lewis, Sauser-Monnig, and Merritt all contributed to Heart Like a Levee.) Below, find the Hallelujah Anyhow tracklist, as well as Hiss Golden Messenger’s upcoming tour dates.
Hallelujah are sometimes thought of as a German band but although they were based in Germany they were in fact British. The band centred around the duo of Paul Vincent Gunia (guitar and vocals) and Keith Forsay (drums). They returned to England to record and release their one and only album, "Hallelujah Babe" in 1971 with the help of session musicians Pete Wood (keyboards) and Rick Kemp (bass). Kemp may be known to folk fans for later becoming a member of Steeleye Span. To add to the confusion the album was to receive its original release only in Germany. Musically the band played heavy rock with a progressive edge with psychedelic and folk touches. Forsay later went on to become an in demand session drummer as well as producer in Germany.