The Tallest Man on Earth Extends Tour, Hits New York City in Support of 'Dark Bird is Home'

By Ian Holubiak | May 15, 2015 02:17 PM EDT
Swedish folk musician Kristian Matsson rock at a concert at the Rolling Stone Week entrant on Weissenhaeuser beach. (Photo : ullstein bild/Getty Images)

A most unique voice in a most conflated world of music, the Tallest Man on Earth has carved out a niche for himself that is at his beck and call. Thus, his fourth studio album, Dark Bird is Home, comes after three years in the making but is worth the price of the ticket.

Out now worldwide, there are few who toil in similar musical vineyards as Kristin Matsson a.k.a the Tallest Man on Earth. A Swedish crooner, he has expanded his solo act from singer-songwriter to a full-band--this includes Bon Iver alum Mike Noyce supporting.

But there's nothing illegitimate about Matsson, not from his oboe playing on "Singers" nor his delicately tuned voice that brings with different fabric woven together to piece a story that Paul Simon and Bob Dylan have pioneered before him, the universal feeling that comes with divorce.

As Pitchfork writes, "[Matsson's] voice undersells nothing: There are no wanly delivered lines, no flat and dour stretches of singing. His voice is prismatic, used like an old-guard storyteller who hews his words to any kind of feeling he wants. "

Embarking on a most lengthy international tour, he travels now with a fully-equipped band, suited to the new sound he has deftly created to blend times of tumult and sorrow with a thesis of uplifting security.

The Tallest Man hits New York City June 2 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg and June 3 at the Beacon Theatre. Both shows are supported by band Hiss Golden Messenger.

For now, preview the guy below.

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