Mondays – they don’t get better than this. Pitchfork awoke from a Frank Ocean daydream to announce an 8.0 review to the Scissor Tail 8/19 LP only release by Scott Hirsch, Blue Rider Songs. I mean, I’d barely finished my coffee and the news about this frequent Hiss Golden Messenger collaborator hit my newsfeed! From the hive-mind, naturally.
“When you’ve been traveling as long as Scott Hirsch has, you know better than to expect easy revelations from the road. In the mid-’90s, the California native formed the noise band Ex-Ignota alongside his friend MC Taylor. By the end of the decade, they had broken off as the Court and Spark, an alt-country group that presaged their spiritually inclined outfit Hiss Golden Messenger. Initially, the duo was roughly split into Hirsch’s music backing Taylor’s lyrics, though it became the latter’s project over time. Hirsch took on more of a live role, and after a year of heavy Hiss touring in 2015, he moved from Brooklyn back to California, opened a studio, and started work on his debut solo album. It’s taken a long time for him to let out his voice—a cool, soulful thing filled with deep reverence for his source material, if some cynicism about the myths it’s spun.”