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The Tallest Man on Earth

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Playing spare but tuneful indie folk enlivened by his sometimes craggy, always passionate vocals and poetic lyrics, the Tallest Man on Earth is the stage name of Swedish singer and songwriter Kristian Matsson. Debuting with a no-frills acoustic EP in 2006, the Tallest Man on Earth became a critical favorite with his first full-length album, 2008's Shallow Grave. As Matsson won an international audience, he began experimenting with more elaborate arrangements and production with 2012's There's No Leaving Now, which fused folk influences with indie rock. Born in Dalarna, Sweden in 1983, Matsson first broke into music as a member of the group Montezumas, but in 2006, influenced by rootsy Swedish artists such as Thomas Denver Jonsson and Homesick Hank, he struck out on his own as the Tallest Man on Earth, releasing a self-titled five-song EP of elemental acoustic songs with just his guitar for accompaniment on the Swedish label Gravitation. The EP and the follow-up single, "Pistol Dreams," received positive reviews, and in 2008, Matsson released his first album as the Tallest Man on Earth, Shallow Grave, which was released in the United States by the boutique indie label Mexican Summer. Matsson toured extensively in support of Shallow Grave, including several dates opening for Bon Iver and John Vanderslice, and in 2010 he released his second album, The Wild Hunt, which was his first project for Dead Oceans Records. Before 2010 was out, a five-song TMOE EP appeared, Sometimes the Blues Is Just a Passing Bird, which marked Matsson's first recordings with an electric guitar. In 2012, he released There's No Leaving Now, which found him adding a few more layers to the album's production, and 2015's Dark Bird Is Home proved to be his most ambitious project to date, incorporating a full band on several cuts as well as electronic loops, horns, backing vocalists, and a spacious, atmospheric studio sound. In 2018, Matsson began releasing a cycle of new material with the collective working title When the Bird Sees the Solid Ground. With a more concise and intimate sound than Dark Bird Is Home and featuring a greater emphasis on acoustic guitar, Matsson initially released the tracks as a series of singles with accompanying videos in which he shared his thoughts about the songs. That effort arrived in 2019 with the title I Love You. It's a Fever Dream, which included single "The Running Styles of New York" and "I'm a Stranger Now." ~ Mark Deming
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Top Tracks

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  2.   1904
  3.   Burden of Tomorrow
  4.   Wind and Walls
  5.   King of Spain
  6.   The Wild Hunt
  7.   Where Do My Bluebird Fly
  8.   A Lion's Heart
  9.   The Dreamer
  10.   Leading Me Now
  11.   Beginners
  12.   The Gardener
  13.   Pistol Dreams
  14.   Time of the Blue
  15.   Like the Wheel
  16.   Love Is All
  17.   Desert Sands
  18.   Troubles Will Be Gone
  19.   Somewhere in the Mountains, Somewhere in New York
  20.   There's No Leaving Now
  21.   Little River
  22.   Over the Hills
  23.   The Sparrow and the Medicine
  24.   Walk the Line
  25.   I Love You. It's a Fever Dream.
  26.   All I Can Keep Is Now
  27.   Waiting for My Ghost
  28.   My Dear
  29.   I'm a Stranger Now
  30.   Timothy
  31.   Sagres
  32.   On Every Page
  33.   Little Brother
  34.   Bright Lanterns
  35.   The Blizzard's Never Seen the
  36.   Where I Thought I Met the Angels
  37.   You're Going Back
  38.   Honey Won't You Let Me In
  39.   Steal Tomorrow
  40.   Tangle in This Trampled Wheat
  41.   I Won't Be Found
  42.   Singers
  43.   Thousand Ways
  44.   Revelation Blues
  45.   A Field of Birds
  46.   Little Nowhere Towns
  47.   Dark Bird Is Home
  48.   The Running Styles of New York
  49.   Darkness of the Dream
  50.   Rivers
  51.   Into the Stream
  52.   It Will Follow the Rain
  53.   I'll Be a Sky
  54.   What I've Been Kicking Around
  55.   There's a Girl
  56.   Hotel Bar
  57.   Then I Won't Sing No More
  58.   Down in My Heart
  59.   Forever Is a Very Long Time
  60.   Seventeen
  61.   Slow Dance
  62.   Thrown Right at Me
  63.   The Drying of the Lawns
  64.   Shallow Grave
  65.   The Blizzard's Never Seen the Desert Sands
  66.   This Wind
  67.   Kids on the Run
  68.   Fields of Our Home
  69.   To Just Grow Away
  70.   Criminals
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