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There’s a special power to the music of Swedish folk artist Kristian Matsson who operates as The Tallest Man On Earth. On the surface his songs have a simplicity that is charming but it’s how and what he’s singing that allows his songs to shine with incredible perspective, depth, and emotion. Seeing him live allows all of this to come together in the ultimate fashion. I have yet to see a performance from him that hasn’t left me completely touched.
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The Tallest Man On Earth at Newport Folk Festival 2015

By Will Oliver, October 12th 2015

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Earlier this year The Tallest Man On Earth returned with new album Dark Bird Is Home, released via Dead Oceans.

The album saw Kristian Matsson take on a fuller, richer direction, and he demonstrated that to tremendous effect during his intimate showing at Music Hall of Williamsburg in June.

I caught him again later in July at Newport Folk Festival. Although obviously a much larger setting, he still was able to bring a mix of his intimate storytelling along with his broader new approach.

Find some more shots from his Newport performance posted below.
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The Tallest Man On Earth at Music Hall of Williamsburg (June 2, 2015)

By Will Oliver, July 14th 2015 — with 1 comment

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It took years of waiting, but I finally got to see one of my favorite modern day singer-songwriters perform live. His real name is Kristian Matsson, but you probably know the talent Swedish native as The Tallest Man On Earth.

Throughout the years I have relentlessly obsessed over his heartbreakingly sincere folk-rock songs. Only I never got to see him perform live, as his tours would always stop in New York whenever I was upstate at college, or away at another music festival. The timing was just never right. Earlier this June I finally got to correct this by catching Matsson at the perfectly intimate Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show came after he sold out the much larger Beacon Theater, but for someone who had failed for so long at seeing the man perform, it was really the only choice.

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Things kicked off with a set from Hiss Golden Messenger, who won me over with a wonderful performance that won over the crowd with ease with a great selection of tracks, many off last year’s awesome Lateness of Dancers. It certainly won’t be my last time seeing them perform.

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Earlier this year Matsson released his latest record as The Tallest Man On Earth, entitled Dark Bird Is Home. The record sees him embark on a fuller sound , was was adapted to his live show, with a full backing band at his disposal. While it was impressive to see how rich and powerful of a range he was able to display on command, it was when he returned to his roots for stripped down, solo versions of his best tracks such as “The Gardener” that hit home. The mood of the room changed when it was just Matsson and his guitar, as if it was just playing for you one on one. I don’t think anyone in the room could argue with that.

He mused about getting to play Music Hall opening for Bon Iver in 2008, reflecting on how far they’ve come, and how appreciative that he is for all that has come his way. I appreciated the sentiment, and realized that he deserves every ounce of success that has come his way, and then some.

Find photos from both performances posted below.

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The Tallest Man On Earth – “Sagres”

By Will Oliver, March 4th 2015

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It’s been three years since the last record from Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man On Earth. This year he’ll correct that with a new album called Dark Bird Is Home, out May 12 via Dead Oceans.

Early last month he released a brief album trailer, and last week he shared the album’s first single, “Sagres.” While The Tallest Man On Earth is previously known for his raw, sparse acoustic sound, he changes things up on “Sagres,” jumping into something much, much, more. There’s a lot more going on here than listeners are used to, with percussion and lush string and horn arrangements. I couldn’t help but notice it called to mind elements of Beirut and War On Drugs.

It’s different, but it’s quite a beauty. Artists need to progress, and Matsson has done a great job with it here. The spirit of “Sagres” is warm and uplifting, a perfect combatant for this icy winter.

Enjoy it below, where you can also find the album trailer, tracklist and his upcoming tour dates, which includes a show at The Beacon Theatre.
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[new]: The Tallest Man On Earth – 1904

By Will Oliver, May 15th 2012

The Tallest Man On Earth is releasing his new album There’s No Leaving Now on June 12th via Dead Oceans. “1904” is the first single from the album, and it’s another wonderful offering from the man who can do no wrong.

Kristian Matsson’s unmistakable vocals instantly hit home. His easy going guitar strum is as charming as ever. He even adds in little bit of electric guitar. The impact is sparse, but plenty welcome. This song calls for long road trips with the windows down, letting the summer air overtake all of your worries and fears.

Download a mp3 of “1904” below via Rolling Stone.

[mp3]: The Tallest Man On Earth – 1904

Lots of new album announcements coming out today. This may be the most exciting one yet.

The Tallest Man On Earth has announced a new album titled There’s No Leaving Now that Dead Oceans will release on June 12. The 10 song album will be followed by a summer tour that includes a show at Town Hall.

Find the album tracklist along with his summer tour dates, after the jump.
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gave away a song called “Weather Of A Killing Kind” to Adult Swim to use in their singles program. Let’s face it, if you know The Tallest Man On Earth, you’re already a fan of this track. In typical fashion it’s a folk rock gift from the super talented Kristian Matsson. I can only wish I could do what he does.

Download ” Weather Of A Killing Kind” for free below thanks to Adult Swim.

[mp3]: The Tallest Man On Earth – Weather Of A Killing Kind

The Tallest Man On Earth – Graceland (Paul Simon Cover)

By Will Oliver, May 26th 2010 — with 2 comments

Kristian Matsson, who you probably know as The Tallest Man On Earth is currently one of my favorite singer/songwriters. His music is bare bones folk rock, yet it’s powerful enough to give you goosebumps. This is even true when he covers classic Paul Simon’s songs like “Graceland”.

He strips the song to its purest form and the result is simply…stunning. It would be an understatement to call his voice powerful and moving. The Tallest Man On Earth really knows how to utilize those pipes that he was graced with.

This cover is one of the best that you will hear in general. It was included on his 7″ single release of “King Of Spain” as a b-side. Unfortunatly for us americans, it was sold during his recent Europle Tour only. Lame.

Anyway, grab it below:

[mp3]: The Tallest Man On Earth – Graceland (Paul Simon Cover)

Thanks to Music vs. Misery for posting this undeniable gem. Posted below is the artwork for the single:

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[new] The Tallest Man On Earth – King Of Spain

By Will Oliver, January 28th 2010 — with 4 comments

The Tallest Man On Earth is one of my favorite singer/songwriters of “our generation”. He alongside fantastic artists like Sufjan Stevens have found many ways to move me emotionally. All it takes for The Tallest Man On Earth to move you is his voice and his acoustic guitar.  His newest song “King Of Spain” was just released in order to prep us for his new album The Wild Hunt.

When listening to Kristian Matsson sing, it is pretty tough not to think about Bob Dylan. Kristian’s voice is not too shy of sounding Dylan-esque, especially with the amount of passion that he pours into songs like “King Of Spain”. He dives head first into the track singing a heartfelt melody about craving something more in life.

Get ready for The Wild Hunt to move you like no other. The Tallest Man On Earth is making a big push as one of the prominent folk artists of this new decade.

[mp3]: The Tallest Man On Earth – King Of Spain





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