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.
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.
11/21/13 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
11/22/13 Aarhus, Denmark – Voxhall
11/23/13 Weissenhaeuser Strand, Germany – Rolling Stone Weekender
11/25/13 Tilburg, Netherlands – O13
11/26/13 Den Haag, Netherlands – Paard van Troje
11/27/13 Fribourg, Switzerland – Fri-Son
11/29/13 Barcelona, Spain – Fri-Son
11/30/13 Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain – Kursaal
12/01/13 Madrid, Spain – Teatro Fernando Fernan Gomez
12/04/13 Segrate (Milano), Italy – Cicolo Magnolia
12/05/13 Vienna, Austria – Stadthalle
For a full list of tour dates, head HERE.
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.”
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
The Tallest Man On Earth, Kristian Matsson, collaborated on a cover with his wife, Idiot Wind’s Amanda Hollingby Matsson, of Damien Jurado’s “Working Titles.” This standout song from Damien’s newest record, Maraqopa, was voted the #1 song of 2012 yesterday by Speakers In Code.
This will be the last bloggy from Dead Oceans until we get back from Xmas break! HAVE A VERY SAFE, HAPPY HOLIDAY, FRIENDS! Get your resolutions in order, and we’ll see you soon. <3