Describing the wandering, genre-bending compositions of bandleader M.C. Taylor in a few short words can be kind of difficult. How can you sum up someone who has toured with names as varied as Mumford & Sons AND Michael Chapman, opened for Mavis Staples at the Apollo Theatre & put out a record on cult psychedelic/experimental label Three Lobed Recordings?
Taylor says that he wanted to make Terms of Surrender “a wandering record. I wanted where we recorded it to mirror the searching spirit of the music.” Having written upwards of 40 songs—in motel rooms, his studio in Durham, and a secluded cottage outside of Charlottesville, Virginia—Taylor winnowed them down to the ten works that comprise Terms of Surrender. With regular collaborators—including Phil