Folk music has changed a lot since it began to emerge in the mainstream during the fifties and sixties. But Sweden's Kristian Mat, aka The Tallest Man On Earth, takes it back to its earthy roots, performing by himself with just an acoustic guitar or a banjo. Standing in at 5'6", The Tallest Man On Earth may seem like a strange moniker for Matsson, but it makes a lot more sense when he opens his mouth and belts out a booming voice with a Dylanesque growl.
With his second album, Matsson still hangs on to the bare elements of his music while expanding its rustic sound to a more pop feel. It's still just him and an instrument, but his voice has softened a bit to cover more romantic material, exposing his gritty, lone-ranger persona as someone with high hopes and dreams. His earthier first album, "Shallow Grave", made our Essential Fall albums list, but "The Wild Hunt" is the perfect warm and hopeful spring-time counterpart.
"The Wild Hunt" will be released on April 13th, 2010.