The solo indie folk moniker of Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson, which began after a stint fronting indie rock group Montezumas, The Tallest Man on Earth formally came into existence in 2006, initially envisioned as a part-time side project, as Matsson released his self-titled debut EP. Met with swift critical praise, however, compared to the personal, introspective, and story-driven folk style and delivery of Bob Dylan, The Tallest Man on Earth found broader recognition with his 2008 debut full-length, Shallow Grave, initially released without label or PR backing in North America, though a tour supporting Bon Iver not long after helped boost the singer’s presence, attract international attention, and mount a solo tour. Subsequently signed stateside to indie label Dead Oceans, The Tallest Man’s sophomore LP, The Wild Hunt, arrived in 2010, and further expanded his audience, while 2012’s There’s No Leaving Now and 2015’s Dark Bird Is Home both found the songwriter exploring more honed and expansive genre ambitions and a more full band sound, and earned him even more commercial success and worldwide critical acclaim and awards nominations, with 2019 fifth album I Love You. It’s a Fever Dream. serving as a contemplative, perfect cap-off to a whirlwind decade.
Now signed to Epitaph imprint Anti-, The Tallest Man released his long-awaited new album Henry St. back in April, after returning last fall with an album of covers called Too Late for Edelweiss. Conceived initially during a period of isolation and creative rut on his farm in Sweden, where he relocated in the midst of the pandemic in 2020, and produced by Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso, the LP lands as perhaps Matsson’s most personal and self-reflective yet, adopting, as many post-pandemic works have, a sense of examination and longing and deeper thought about our place in the world. Out in support, The Tallest Man on Earth will headline Brooklyn Bowl Nashville for the first time tonight, Oct. 11 with folk singer-songwriter Andrea Von Kampen, after previous stops in Music City over the years at spots like Exit/In, Cannery Ballroom, The Ryman, and, most recently, a pair of special shows at Third Man Records’ The Blue Room in 2021. Tickets are still available here, and if you’re a fan of lush, introspective indie folk, you won’t want to miss it!
The Tallest Man on Earth and Andrea Von Kampen will perform tonight, Oct. 11 at Brooklyn Bowl Nashville. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.), and tickets are available for $52.35.