The Tallest Man on Earth

Kristian Matsson, aka the Tallest Man on Earth, is a 29-year-old songwriter from Dalarna, Sweden. The first recordings from the Tallest Man on Earth surfaced in 2006 via a self-titled EP released on the Swedish independent label Gravitation. Matsson followed this EP with his 2008 full length, Shallow Grave, an album that drew accolades from the likes of NPR and Pitchfork. Many in North America were introduced to the Tallest Man on Earth on a tour with Bon Iver, including a stop for two shows at the legendary New York City venue Town Hall. The Tallest Man on Earth was winning over audiences through powerful performances, taking the stage alone with his acoustic guitar and captivating the crowds night after night. Fans continued to discover the Tallest Man on Earth through subsequent tours and word of mouth. In 2008 he visited KEXP's studio in Seattle and in 2009 performed for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series, which continued to help inform audiences. He was still touring without a publicist or a North American record label, but fans were devouring his stunning performances, both as real-life audience members and internet voyeurs, scouring the web for new fan videos of shows. In early 2010 Matsson signed with U.S. record label Dead Oceans and announced the release of his sophomore album, The Wild Hunt. Once again, it was a record rooted in songwriting and a deep folk tradition, with Matsson's wordplay and deft guitar work at the center. Praises for the Tallest Man on Earth continued to build, and throughout the tour in support of The Wild Hunt and the follow-up EP, Sometimes the Blues is Just A Passing Bird, the crowds grew in fervor and size. He sold out venues like Webster Hall in New York City, The Fillmore in San Francisco, Shepherd's Bush Empire in London and took the stage at festivals like Coachella, Green Man, Roskilde, Pitchfork and Sasquatch. The Tallest Man on Earth toured the world, with sold-out shows in places like Australia and South Africa. The word continued to travel. He also performed "King of Spain" on the legendary Jools Holland show. Matsson spent the winter months of late 2011 and early 2012 in his home studio in Dalarna, recording There's No Leaving Now, his third full-length album. It's another stunning set, and in support of this new album the Tallest Man on Earth is headlining a show at Town Hall, returning to the stage where he opened for Bon Iver and took some of the first steps of his journey. The Tallest Man on Earth will be touring in 2012 and 2013 in support of There's No Leaving Now.

LISTEN // The Tallest Man On Earth Shares “Sagres” From ‘Dark Bird Is Home’ Out May 12, Announces First Full Band Tour

The announcement two weeks ago that The Tallest Man On Earth will release his first new album since 2012 this spring on Dead Oceans was met with open arms and eager anticipation. While the album trailer is a beautiful indication of what’s to come, the first single, “Sagres,” takes us a step further into the world of Dark Bird Is Home. It’s an album that presents Kristian Matsson at his most personal and direct, deeper and darker than ever at times, yet also an album with strokes of whimsy and the scent of new beginnings. It feels fresh and well timed. Hear “Sagres” via YouTube or our Soundcloud page.

The Tallest Man On Earth‘s Dark Bird Is Home is out May 12th on Dead Oceans and available for pre-order now. All iTunes and SC Distribution pre-orders come with an instant free download of “Sagres“.

Pre-order Dark Bird Is Home via Secretly Distribution, iTunes, Amazon, or your local record store
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For the next few years, the Dark Bird tour will come to your city or a town nearby, and for the first time Kristian is bringing a band to the stage with him. Click ‘Read More’ to see full dates + pre-order information.

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ALBUM ANNOUNCE // The Tallest Man On Earth ‘Dark Bird Is Home’ Out May 12th, Watch Album Trailer

Dark Bird Is Home, the fourth album from The Tallest Man On Earth, doesn’t feel like it came from one time, one place, or one tape machine. The songs and sounds were captured in various countries, studios, and barns, and they carry a weather-worn quality, some dirt and some grit.

While Dark Bird is The Tallest Man at his most personal and direct, deeper and darker than ever at times, it’s also an album with strokes of whimsy and the scent of new beginnings — which feels fresh for Tallest Man On Earth, and well timed. Reliably, the melodies and arrangements are sturdy and classic, like old cars and tightly wound clocks. The lyrics and their delivery are both comforting and alarming, like tall trees and wide hills.

The other musicians and layers on this recording put a wide lens on familiar themes. Fear and darkness, sleep or lack of it, dreams in the dark and in the light. Moving, leaving, going. Distance and short stops, long straight lines, temporal places. More hopefully, a grateful nod to a traveling partner, a healing mind. Maybe a little forgiveness needed. Definitely some things to forget.

Tallest Man On Earth Dark Bird Is Home is out May 12th on Dead Oceans and available for pre-order now. Watch the album trailer above or on our Youtube page.

Dark Bird Is Home pre-order:
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Dark Bird Is Home Tracklisting:
01. Fields of Our Home
02. Darkness of the Dream
03. Singers
04. Slow Dance
05. Little Nowhere Towns
06. Sagres
07. Timothy
08. Beginners
09. Seventeen
10. Dark Bird Is Home

The Tale of The Tallest Man On Earth and a Moog Synthesizer, New European Dates Announced for Winter

The Tallest Man On Earth and synthesizers? You betcha. Kristian recently stopped by Asheville’s Moog Music factory for a new session. Supplied with an array of Moog equipment, Kristian and tourmates Strand of Oaks take on “There’s No Leaving Now” in a completely new way. Watch above.

The fun doesn’t stop with the session. You wanted more tour dates and now you’re going to get them. Kristian has added a handful of European shows to his tour. You’ll find the full list below.

 
TOUR DATES:
11/21/13 Copenhagen, DenmarkVega
11/22/13 Aarhus, DenmarkVoxhall
11/23/13 Weissenhaeuser Strand, GermanyRolling Stone Weekender
11/25/13 Tilburg, NetherlandsO13
11/26/13 Den Haag, NetherlandsPaard van Troje
11/27/13 Fribourg, SwitzerlandFri-Son
11/29/13 Barcelona, SpainFri-Son
11/30/13 Donostia-San Sebastian, SpainKursaal
12/01/13 Madrid, SpainTeatro Fernando Fernan Gomez
12/04/13 Segrate (Milano), ItalyCicolo Magnolia
12/05/13 Vienna, AustriaStadthalle

For a full list of tour dates, head HERE.

TOUR ALERT // The Tallest Man On Earth Announces US Summer Dates

The Tallest Man On Earth has set out to make your summer. How so? By going on a US tour of course. New dates include stops at Sasquatch and Bonnaroo! Strand of Oaks will open for TTMOE on all shows. You can check out the full tour schedule and ticket links below.

Summer too far away? Watch the new, four-part documentary that gives an intimate look into the lives of Kristian and his wife Amanda. The fourth episode features the duo performing Damien Jurado’s “Working Titles.”

 

TOUR DATES:
05/26/13: George, WA – Sasquatch Music Festival
05/27/13: Wenatchee, WA- Performing Arts Center ^
05/28/13: Missoula, MT- Wilma Theatre ^
05/29/13: Boise, ID- Knitting Factory ^
05/31/13: Salt Lake City, UT- The Depot ^
06/01/13: Denver, CO- Ogden Theatre ^
06/03/13: Omaha, NE- The Waiting Room ^
06/04/13: Iowa City, IA- The Englert Theatre ^
06/05/13: St. Louis, MO- The Pageant ^
06/07/13: Indianapolis, IN- The Vogue ^
06/08/13: Louisville, KY- Headliners ^
06/09/13: Atlanta, GA- Variety Playhouse ^
06/11/13: Orlando, FL- Beacham Theatre ^
06/12/13: Ft. Lauderdale, FL- Culture Room ^
06/13/13: St. Augustine, FL- The Original Cafe Eleven ^
06/15/13: Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
07/12/13: Dublin, IE- The Iveagh Gardens
07/18/13: Nordfjordeid, NO- Malakoff
07/19/13: Tromso, NO- Bukta Festival

^ = with Strand of Oaks

Booking Agent Contact

U.S.:
BILLIONS - Adam Voith
3522 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
p: (312) 997-9999 x8236
www.billions.com
e: adam@billions.com

EUROPE:
Belmont Bookings - Bas Flesseman
P.O. Box 93031
1090 BA Amsterdam
THE NETHERLANDS
31 (0)20 616 2612
31 (0)20 616 6898
e: bas@belmontbookings.nl

tour dates

05/13/15

Northampton, MA - Calvin Theatre

05/14/15

Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre

05/16/15

Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre

05/18/15

Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern

05/21/15

Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre

05/26/15

Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre

05/27/15

Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
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Sagres by The Tallest Man on Earth
1904 by The Tallest Man on Earth
Like The Wheel by The Tallest Man on Earth
Burden of Tomorrow by The Tallest Man on Earth
King of Spain by The Tallest Man On Earth

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