Matching up kindred spirits and mutual influences, this volume of Three Lobed Recording's Parallelogram series collects 2015 recordings from Hiss Golden Messenger and Michael Chapman. Both M.C. Taylor (Hiss Golden Messenger) and Michael Chapman have consistently won praise for possessing a certain songwriting prowess and earnest delivery. This LP only helps both artists cement their reputations.
The Hiss Golden Messenger side is an exploration in the art of reinterpretation. Taylor's covers of tracks by J.J. Cale, Elephant Micah and David Wiffen demonstrate his complete love and respect for the originals while casting each in his unique light and voice. Chapman's masterful contribution bears the weight and heft that this legendary performer has gained through decades of experience. Be it narrative-driven compositions such as "Another Story" (known only to some listeners from Kurt Vile and Meg Baird's collaborative cover from Matador's 2012 "Singles Going Home Alone" collection) or intricate guitar excursions such as the closing "Stockport Monday (Homage Tom Rush)," Chapman's side is a master class in both song craft and execution.
The Parallelogram collection originated in the particular magic that comes from finding the "right" musical pairing. We've all experienced the perfect song at the perfect time and know how electrifying it can be. The set and setting that combine to make those jukebox choices, mix tapes, or playlists really work can be so hard to define, but easy to identify once they are out there in the wild. Part of the fun for Three Lobed Recordings has always been trying to divine the alchemy of pairings that work to our ears.
These efforts have time and time again taken the form of collections and collaborations, both as multi-volume releases (ranging from the trio of multi-disc series to the Not The Spaces You Know, But Between Them box set) and single albums (such as the collaborative albums from Golden Gunn or the Hagerty-Toth Band to the Eight Trails, One Path compilation). Previously only sold as a full five LP collection, Three Lobed is releasing very limited quantities of these five LP at this time in a standalone fashion.