Former Court & Spark singer M.C. Taylor might've relocated to North Carolina, but his Hiss Golden Messenger project has long betrayed his Southern California roots. On Poor Moon the singer-songwriter nails the warm, patient ripple of vintage country-rock and denim hippie-folk. Though Taylor's artistic temperament is more romantic than restless (i.e. more J.D. Souther than Gene Clark), there's no denying his knack for craft and sonic detail. Plus, his cast of backing musicians is impressive, including as it does Southern boogie pianist Hans Chew and Black Twig Pickers' Nathan Bowles on banjo.