The Tallest Man on Earth is the moniker of Swedish folk singer Kristian Matsson. The songs that Matsson creates have a built-in warmth to them. Matsson’s singing and lyrics are heartfelt, buoyed by his dazzling and playful finger plucking skills on his guitar. More than once, Matsson have been compared favorably to his hero Bob Dylan.
There’s No Leaving Now is The Tallest Man on Earth‘s third full length album. Although just as brilliant as his two earlier efforts in the Shallow Grave and The Wild Hunt, this third record differs in that it is a more relaxed album. While the first two records have a sense of urgency and immediateness to them, There’s No Leaving Now finds Matsson in a more laid-back contemplative mood. It is a more reflective record but still every bit as good.
While standout tracks 1904 and Wind and Walls have that distinct Tallest Man on Earth sound, perhaps the most beautiful moment in the whole record doesn’t happen until Matsson leaves his guitar. Instead, in the title track, Matsson trades in his guitar for a piano and sings mournfully and sadly, “There’s no leaving now…”. No, not with a talent this good.
Stream the amazing first single 1904 embedded below.
The Tallest Man on Earth – There’s No Leaving Now comes out 5/12 via Dead Oceans (order here)