Hiss Golden Messenger is the current recording name of MC Taylor, also known as Jai ‘Slim’ Diamond, a Californian songwriter whose work is spun from the very brightest threads of the Cosmic American Songbook. Like lost classics pulled through the slipstream and captured for a contemporary audience, Taylor’s deeply lyrical meditations tell of sin, sacrifice and redemption, timeless themes drawn into songs performed with a compelling emotional resonance. Oh, and a voice that could charm the birds out of the trees. Elements of country blues, folk and gospel all shine through a sound described by David Bowie as “Mystical country, an eerie yellowing photograph”. ‘Bad Debt’ was released in November 2010 and will be followed by the release of ‘From Country Hai East Cotton’ in March 2011 (from which the track ‘O Nathaniel’ is taken).

Another great production from blackmaps, you can Stream the Album here.