Produced by Taylor and engineered by longtime Hiss compatriot Scott Hirsch over two weeks in the late fall of 2022 at the fabled Sonic Ranch studio in Tornillo, TX, just a short walk from the Mexican border, Jump for Joy dances with joyful, spontaneous energy that feels like a fresh chapter in the Hiss Golden Messenger oeuvre. Taylor is accompanied throughout the album by his crack live band: guitarist Chris Boerner, bassist Alex Bingham, keyboardist Sam Fribush, and drummer Nick Falk, a collection of musicians that have helped make Hiss Golden Messenger’s live performances legendary affairs.Jump for Joy, perhaps more than any other Hiss record heretofore, is an elegant and nuanced melding of everything that makes Taylor and company's work unique and beloved, colored with an outward-facing elation and sense of openness that elevates the album into something truly timeless and special. "I knew that I needed this record to be full of joy because if we're standing at some kind of finish line of human civilization—and I'm not saying that we are, but some days it sure feels that way—then I want to go out dancing," laughs the songwriter. "That's what I wanted Jump for Joy to feel like: Dancing at the end times."
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