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How To Keep It Retal

MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger talks Carolina life, introspection and the romance of the road. Jonathan Wright listens in
Carolina Dreamin’: MC Taylor relocated from his native California to be closer to the musical culture of the South
GRAHAM TOLBERT

There are two reasons MC Taylor lives in Durham, North Carolina. One reason is simply that it’s the place he calls home, a “small progressive town” on the Piedmont, the area between the mountains and the coast. It’s the place where his children were born, where many of his friends live and where he owns a house. But as to how he first came to settle in Durham, that’s bound up, as is so much in Taylor’s life, with music.

“Having felt like I was so connected to the musical culture of the South when I was living in California, I realised that if I was going to get any deeper into it, if I was going to have a true and genuine understanding of it, I needed to live here,” he says, “otherwise I was just going to be a spectator.”

The latest evidence that Taylor, who leads the loose conglomeration of musicians that make up Hiss Golden Messenger, is steeped in the music of the South comes with new album Terms Of Surrender. It’s a record that combines elements of different roots traditions – warm soul grooves, gospel’s sense of yearning, the stark formality of folk – to create music that’s somehow instantly familiar, yet where the songs oftentimes spin off into unexpected directions so subtly that you hardly realise what’s happened as you’re taken somewhere new.

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