Sunday, June 23, 2013

Album of the Week: Hiss Golden Messenger "Haw" (2013)

At first listen, Haw seemed like a typical indie pop record.  Upbeat tempos, catchy choruses, etc.. I thought it out of place on a label like Tompkins Square. Then I noticed the tasteful acoustic guitar fills.  Then the fiddle.  Shortly after that, I realized the lyrics made continual allusions to Biblical phrases and themes.  Aha!  So this does fit!

There’s a pervading sense of satisfaction and joy running throughout Haw.  Rather than focusing on the ever popular Biblical themes of suffering or apocalypse, the choice is made to tell the other side of the story.  It’s all about redemption and joy.

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