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The Tallest Man On Earth Plays The Tiny Desk

Set List

  • "I Won't Be Found"
  • "The Gardener"
  • "Pistol Dreams"

Even if we didn't like the music of Kristian Matsson, a.k.a. The Tallest Man on Earth, the headline is worth it, don't you think? Fortunately, this young Swedish folksinger is also passionate, gruff, a great guitar picker and a damn good poet. Here are a few of his lyrics.

From "I Won't Be Found":

Well if I ever see the morning
Just like a lizard in the spring
I'm gonna run out in the meadow
To catch the silence when it sings

From "The Gardener":

I sense a spy up in the chimney
From all the evidence I've burned
I guess he'll read it in the smoke now
And soon to ashes I'll return

The melodies are strong, but Matsson's imagery and stories are what keep me returning me to his music — and to his excellent debut CD, Shallow Grave. Here, he performs three of the disc's best songs, including the two powerful gems quoted above.

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