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.

LSTN: The Tallest Man On Earth Featured on NPR’s Morning Edition

If you haven’t given it a listen already, head over to NPR and check out Monday’s Morning Edition. The show features The Tallest Man On Earth just in time for the release of his new album, There’s No Leaving Now, out officially tomorrow.

“Matsson says he’s dealt with stress and anxiety in his music, and his older songs often return to the theme of running away. But on his new record, he brings a fresh outlook: a feeling of wanting to confront, not run. His recent marriage seems to have made him stronger.” Check out The Tallest Man On Earth: Tired of Running HERE.

You can still listen to the new album at NPR’s First Listen. The stream will not last much longer, so check it out while you can.

Get your copy of There’s No Leaving Now at SC Distribution. Deluxe bundles featuring an exclusive 7″ still available.

LISTEN: The Tallest Man On Earth’s “There’s No Leaving Now” Available for Streaming on NPR

Just a week away from release, The Tallest Man On Earth’s There’s No Leaving Now is up for streaming at NPR’s First Listen. You’ve heard the first single, “1904″, now listen to Kristian’s third full-length album in its entirety. Pre-order the album HERE.

LISTEN TO THERE’S NO LEAVING NOW ON NPR.

Want the latest news and updates from Kristian and The Tallest Man On Earth team? Follow on Twitter!

Lyrics from The Tallest Man On Earth’s “There’s No Leaving Now”

The Tallest Man On Earth’s new record, There’s No Leaving Now, is out June 12th. Kristian shares lyrics from the album. Read below.

To Just Grow Away

We’re melting ruby hearts
a confusing trade
to burn the ore
to shape a blade
then to swing it low
beginners fate
to lose a skin
to just grow away
Like a rain, to help a river
but a river so hard to please
but I’ve grown to see the diamonds
you’ve thrown in just for me
We spent so many nights
just gathering stones
the silver tears
old sapphire bones
all the copper leaves
then dreamt, now true
look how they find their path
to cut right through
Like a rain, to help a river
but a river so hard to please
but I’ve grown to see the diamonds
you’ve thrown in just for me
Look when your hopeless child will figure
there are moments when hope’s not
only real when flagging far down a road
with an armful broken arrows
and no hand free for the bow
your kid will lose a battle
but your ways
will let him go
I lose my wish to drown
and aimless flee
what you’ve thrown to lose
is still right here with me.
Read the rest of this entry »

Pre-order The Tallest Man On Earth’s “There’s No Leaving Now,” New Single Available for Free Download


Since the announcement of The Tallest Man On Earth’s new record, mum has been the word; however, today we are happy to share the first bit of audio off There’s No Leaving Now. Titled “1904,” the standout track is available for listening AND a free download exclusively at Rolling Stone. In addition to the new song, RS has a new, rare interview with Kristian. Find it all HERE.

“Sometimes I just needed to make it even more abstract because some songs were almost a bit too much than what I could handle right now or than I would want to sing every night for two years,” Matsson says.

The album pre-order is now live. Order the deluxe edition from SC Distribution to get the album on cd and lp, an exclusive 7″ featuring “1904″ and a b-side of Frank Sinatra’s “Cycles,” two 17×22 posters printed on uncoated stock and an instant grat download of “1904.” You can also order bundles that include TTMOE’s entire back catalog on cd and lp. Secure your copy of There’s No Leaving now.

See The Tallest Man On Earth live in concert. Don’t hesitate to get your tickets; shows are selling out quickly. Full list of dates and links to buy tickets HERE.

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
See all upcoming shows »

free downloads

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

video

Love Is All
by The Tallest Man on Earth

Find Dead Oceans On:

& please subscribe to our RSS Feed