|Haw is released on April 2, 2013 on Paradise of|
As Hiss Golden Messenger gains more attention, the defining characteristics of Taylor's music seems all the more clear. Haw is named for the landmark Cape Fear tributary and reeks of Southern sentiments, it's filled with passion, devotion and rustic images that resonate not only with the native southern but with anyone that's ever battled with their inner-most thoughts or pondered upon days that were and days that might have been.
Haw opens with a rattling statement of self-identity, "Red Rose Nantahala" kicks off with Taylor's soulful croon begging to let him be the one he wants as he proceeds to do just that. The bouncing country rhythms give way to powerful lyricism lined with forked-tongued detractors and a powerful plea to the lord for happiness. M.C. Taylor's sense of character and purpose is powerful but most importantly it's a characteristic that defines this brilliant album. Haw is a mystical blend of gospel, country and folk that makes for an instantly gratifying listen. Each track feels like a vital piece of the puzzle, from the flooring emotion displayed in "Devotion" to the smooth-jazz stylings that can be found in "Cheerwine Easter," the listener is taken on an adventure through Taylor's ethos that feels as relatable as it is personal.