23 September 2011

William Tyler and Hiss Golden Messenger @ Leaf Liverpool

This irresistible double bill of William Tyler and Hiss Golden Messenger comes to Leaf on Bold Street on Thursday 6 October.

After his very successful tour of the UK in the company of Michael Chapman early this year, William Tyler returns to the UK for another brief run of mesmerising shows, this time as a double bill with Hiss Golden Messenger, described by David Bowie as "mystical country, an eerie yellowing photograph".

William Tyler is best known as a long-time member of Lambchop and also Silver Jews, though since he released his excellent album Behold The Spirit on Tompkins Square late last year, and won over so many people on the aforementioned tour, the Nashville native's solo reputation is rapidly catching up. American Songwriter magazine was in rapture, speaking of how "Behold The Spirit casts a mighty spell", and reviews fromUncut, Pitchfork, Dusted and many others have been equally ardent in their admiration.

Hiss Golden Messenger is the work of Michael C Taylor of North Carolina, whose bewitching mix of woozy roots and bare-spirited country folk has rarely been far from our turntable for the past year. As well as the full-band recordings he's issued in recent years, this year has seen the release of the Bad Debt cd on blackmaps that is just Taylor, voice and guitar in close-up and it floors us with every listen. And not just us - he's had whole raft of gushing reviews, even DJ magazine giving it 9/10 for its “Beautiful, beguiling songs. Effortless simplicity”.

Support comes from local band Cavalier Song and Liverpool based Simon Knighton. With his husky, dusky voice Simon slips you his intoxicating and impelling songs. Fingers slide across his guitar as he stamps out his powerful beat on the wooden box beneath his feet. His jaunty jigs and bounding lilts smack of smokey reels and bygone backwater countries, while his dark and haunting lyrics hint at mysteries buried beneath.

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