Of all the things to love about Hiss Golden Messenger’s fantastic new record, Lateness of Dancers—which is out today—I am going to focus on one: the last track, “Drum,” which is also the last track on the album “Bad Debt.” I love it when an artist revisits/revises past work, brings old songs into conversation/context with new ones. This of course happens at lives shows all the time but is much less common in studio. Will Oldham does it. Michael Hurley maybe more than anyone else. It makes perfect sense to me that so many of the “Bad Debt” songs have since appeared on other HGM albums and the new “Drum” is a welcome re-thinking of a track that was solid as hell the first time. It’s also the pitch-perfect conclusion to forty-three powerfully impressive and joyous minutes of music.
This is the album. Today is the day. That’s all.
(Hiss Golden Messenger plays a solo version of “Drum” live in a tool shed.)