Monday, September 27, 2010
The Tallest Man on Earth - The Wild Hunt
I can't listen to folk music everyday; I'm a blues man, but something about this album, this musician in general, just does it for me. Kristian Matsson, under the moniker "The Tallest Man on Earth", is the epitome of 'a man and his guitar', and man can he play guitar. His finger-picking style rivals that of Nick Drake and that is not an easy thing to do in my book. Despite his stage name, Kristian is NOT the tallest man on earth, as a few sources put him in the 5'5 to 5'7 range.
The Wild Hunt FEELS like a wild hunt. It's low-fi undertones and open tunings make it easy to get lost while listening to this album. If you have never heard Matsson's voice before, it may take a minute to adjust to as it is unconventional and gritty, but compliments his playing style perfectly. Like the previous two posts, this is an album that is hard to describe due to the originality of the style and the pure guitar playing and singing.
The Tallest Man on Earth
Title track video