Honest and beautiful. This is the new single from Hiss Golden Messenger, whose seventh full-length release, ‘Terms of Surrender’, is nominated for Best Americana Album at the 2021 Grammy Awards. ‘Sanctuary’ is a heartfelt song that will speak for many listeners and fans during these challenging times and it’s hard not to be moved by the language and visuals. Taylor’s voice is heard through a variety of young faces in the video, directed by KidEthnic.
Taylor says of the thoughts and feelings that inspired the song: “Over the past year, I’ve been thinking a lot about how we care for ourselves and each other, and how hard it is to live truthfully in a world that is so tangled. ‘We sell the world to buy fire, our way lighted by burning men,’ says the poet Wendell Berry. The song ‘Sanctuary’ is one small piece of my own personal reckoning with what it feels like to search for some kind of shelter in the storm. Fare thee well, John Prine, AKA Handsome Johnny, a speaker of truth if ever there was one.” It’s been a difficult year but Hiss Golden Messenger sing of reconciliation. And bring some hope.