“On Dark Bird, Matsson‘s voice, reedy and resonant, is recorded raw and seemingly almost inside the microphone. The effect is one of feeling a brain on fire while setting its sights on itself, and the byproduct is a yen for moments of serene relief as a result.” — NPR Music’s “First Listen”
Dark Bird Is Home will be available to stream for two weeks via NPR Music’s “First Listen” leading into its May 12th release on Dead Oceans.
“Dark Bird is Home” begins in a way that feels very familiar to fans of The Tallest Man On Earth; an acoustic guitar and Kristian Matsson’s identifiably wistful tenor, pastoral landscapes and lyrics about overcoming hardships in life and love. You almost forget about the orchestrated sound of “Sagres,” which opened our ears to the the more fleshed out sound of Dark Bird is Home, until the final phrase and the bands entrance. The instrumental coda is proof that Matsson’s new, band oriented musical direction, will support his heartfelt lyricism just as effectively as his past, more stripped down recordings.
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 w/ Hiss Golden Messenger
05/19/15 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory w/ Hiss Golden Messenger
05/21/15 Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre w/ Hiss Golden Messenger
05/22/15 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst w/ Hiss Golden Messenger
05/26/15 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
05/27/15 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
05/28/15 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
05/29/15 Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center
05/31/15 Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre SOLD-OUT
06/01/15 Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre
06/03/15 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre w/ Hiss Golden Messenger
06/19/15 Hilvarenbeek, NL – Best Kept Secret
06/20/15 Neuhausen ob Ek, DE – Southside Festival
06/20/15 Schessel, DE – Hurricane Festival
06/21/15 Neuhausen ob Ek, DE – Southside Festival
06/21/15 Schessel, DE – Hurricane Festival
06/23/15 London, UK – Koko SOLD-OUT
06/24/15 Antwerp, BE – Openlucht Theater
06/25/15 Paris, FR – Divan Du Monde SOLD-OUT
06/28/15 Stockholm, SE – Gota Lejon SOLD-OUT
06/29/15 Stockholm, SE – Gota Lejon SOLD-OUT
06/30/15 Oslo, NO – Rockefeller SOLD-OUT
07/01/15 Roskilde, DK – Roskilde Festival
07/02/15 Goteburg, SE – Pustervik SOLD-OUT
07/03/15 Roskilde, DK – Roskilde Festival
07/04/15 Roskilde, DK – Roskilde Festival
07/17/15 Eau Claire, WI – Eaux Claires
07/18/15 Eau Claire, WI – Eaux Claires
07/19/15 Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
08/01/15 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
10/03/15 Oslo, NO – Opera House
10/04/15 Gothenburg, SE – Konserthuset
10/05/15 Stockholm, SE – Cirkus
10/06/15 Umea, SE – Idun
10/08/15 Linkoping, SE – Crusell
10/09/15 Falun, SE – Magasinet
10/10/15 Arhus, DK – Voxhall
10/12/15 Cologne, DE – E-Werk
10/13/15 Berlin, DE – Huxley’s
10/14/15 Vienna, AT – Arena
10/15/15 Milan, IT – Alcatraz
10/16/15 Zurich, CH – Volkshaus
10/17/15 Paris, FR – La Bataclan
10/19/15 London, UK – Roundhouse
10/20/15 Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC
10/21/15 Dublin, IE – Vicar
10/23/15 Manchester, UK – Albert Hall
10/24/15 Bexhill, UK – De La Warr
10/24/15 Brussels, BE – AB Club
10/27/15 Copenhagen, DK – VEGA
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“.
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.
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.
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