Hiss Golden Messenger have announced they will be releasing a new kind of holiday album titled O Come Ye Faithful on Oct. 22. The album is comprised of original tracks penned by frontman and singer M.C. Taylor along with spirited covers from “Hanukkah Dance” by Woodie Guthrie to “As Long As I Can See the Light” by John Fogerty.
Taylor spoke about the inspiration for O Come All Ye Faithful in a press release; he said, “Big, brash holiday music—the type that we hear in big-box stores in the middle of December—has never resonated with me, and this past year it felt absolutely dissonant. I wanted to make a seasonal record that felt more in step with the way that I, and so many others, experience this time of year: quiet, contemplative, searching and bittersweet.”
O Come All Ye Faithful includes contributions from members of Hiss Golden Messenger’s extended family members and an array of special guests that include Grammy Award-winner Aoife O’Donovan, Nathaniel Rateliff, Erin Rae and Buddy Miller.
Along with the album’s announcement, Hiss Golden Messenger also shared a single off the LP titled “Grace.” Of the track, Taylor said, “‘Grace’ is about keeping a light for those that are struggling or lost or confused or grieving: the gone ones, our children, poets, teachers. My friends Nathaniel Rateliff, Aoife O’Donovan and Sonyia Turner help me on the choruses.”
Read a piece by Relix on Hiss Golden Messengers 2021 album Quietly Blowing It here.
Listen to “Grace” below:
O Come All Ye Faithful – Tracklist
“Hung Fire” written by M.C. Taylor
“O Come All Ye Faithful”
“Grace” written by M.C. Taylor
“By the Lights of St. Stephen” written by M.C. Taylor
“Shine a Light” written by Jason Pierce (Spiritualized)
“Joy to the World”
“Hanukkah Dance” written by Woody Guthrie
“As Long As I Can See the Light” written by John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival)