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Much of Scott Hirsch’s musical attention over the past decade has been dedicated to the folk-rock ensemble Hiss Golden Messenger. He’s performed on, engineered, and produced several of the band’s records. As a solo artist, Hirsch brings some of the headier sensibilities of the earliest half of the Hiss Golden Messenger catalog into full bloom. His second standalone effort, Lost Time Behind the Moon, offers a fresh batch of songs that kick back to classic country, tempered with a satisfying dose of psychedelia.

The album’s anxious opening salvos—wriggling, warped guitar and a sparse drum-machine beat, followed by a warm blast of old-soul horns—offer immediate insights into its unwieldy style. Hirsch develops these jittery arrangements as extensions of the album’s overarching themes of love, comfort-seeking, and (as suggested by the title) the passage of time. “Nothing But Time,” for example, finds Hirsch ruminating on the past with familiar remember-when fondness, without becoming too beholden to the good or the bad: “She’s in my head too much now / Not too much in my dreams / And all these tales we’ve spun / They fell apart at the seams.”

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The relaxed pace that Hirsch maintains across Lost Time Behind the Moon is a steadying force; Hirsch seems to approach his troubles with clear-headed thoughtfulness rather than scattered panic. Waves of pedal steel and pools of reverberating guitar lend a complementary sense of fluidity to the entire record, abetted by Hirsch’s cosmic lyricism on the lithe instrumental numbers “A Pair of Nines” and “Pink Moment.” By most accounts, reckoning with all the years we’ve lost, wasted—or even just passed without incident—is like fingering some existential hair-trigger. Hirsch’s record, by contrast, provides a comforting reminder of the inverse argument: it’s simply a matter of time.

Personnel: 
Mike Coykendall: Drums, Harmonica and additional recording, Orpheo McCord: Drums, Mikael Jorgensen: Keys, William Tyler: Elec Guitar Karl Hunter: Saxophone, Jesse Siebenberg: Pedal Steel, Jimmy Calire: Organ, Lauren Barth: Vocals, Jade Hendrix: Vocals, Yair Evnine: Cello

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Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist/producer Scott Hirsch has recorded a follow up to his critically acclaimed 2016 record, Blue Rider Songs. On Lost Time Behind the Moon, Scott chronicles confronting ghosts of the past, acknowledging that darkness rides alongside the light, and avoiding the pitfalls of regret. The record was recorded and produced by Hirsch with the help of Mike Coykendall (M Ward), and features musical guests William Tyler, Mikael Jorgensen (Wilco), Orpheo McCord (Edward Sharpe), Jimmy Calire (America) and Jesse Siebenberg (Lukas Nelson, Supertramp).

Maybe it’s the season of the Earth, but it’s hard not to feel lately like we’re standing on some high precipice looking down on what we’ve made of the world and trying to make sense of the view. Gazing back down the narrow roads leading out of our old towns, are we strangers or friends with the rear-view mirror? These are hard questions—of taking stock and taking leave—that my friend Scott Hirsch sings about so powerfully on his new album Lost Time Behind the Moon...  more

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Releases December 7th, 2018

All songs written, produced, recorded, mixed by Scott Hirsch © 2018 Dreamwood Music. Recorded at Echo Magic West in Ojai, California and at Blue Rooms in Portland, Oregon with Mike Coykendall. Mixed at Echo Magic West. Mastered by Ian Sefchick at Capitol Records. Artwork by Daren Thomas Magee. Layout and design by Darryl Norsen. Photos by Scott Hirsch.

Personnel:

Mike Coykendall: Drums, Harmonica and additional recording, Orpheo McCord: Drums, Mikael Jorgensen: Keys, William Tyler: Elec Guitar Karl Hunter: Saxophone, Jesse Siebenberg: Pedal Steel, Jimmy Calire: Organ, Lauren Barth: Vocals, Jade Hendrix: Vocals, Yair Evnine: Cello