The Tallest Man on Earth
By Angela Hu
Love it or hate it, folk musician Kristian Matsson has a Dylan-esque voice worth a listen
Kristian Matsson is The Tallest Man On Earth.
Okay – that’s not even close to being true as he’s only 5 foot 9, but that is the moniker of Kristian’s one-man band, “The Tallest Man On Earth.”
To describe Mattson’s act would mean for me to sway like a damn hippie with a joint in one hand while I hold up the peace sign with the other. I know I shouldn’t make the comparison (and you can hate me now that I do), but Matsson reminds me a little bit of Dylan, with his scratchy voice and the acoustic-y, banjo-ish strums on his guitar. It’s a drastic comparison, I know, but there’s just something about his Matsson’s voice that makes me get into the whole "1960’s-protester-with-flowers-in-my-hair kind of groove."
When I first heard him sing, (and I am embarrassed to admit it was through one of those 25 free new tracks! from Urban Outfitters) I wanted to cut my ears off – Van Gogh style. There was something about his voice that I couldn’t stand; it was as if he were wailing like a banshee for the majority of the album. So I ignored him and the album for a couple of months, until he came up on my shuffle list and I heard Matsson’s voice again.
This time – it stuck. I heard him sing “The Gardener” and I was hooked. Matsson put me in a trance with his raw, titillating voice and I envisioned myself driving down the 405 in a green Mustang heading towards Phoenix, Arizona with my guitar and cute boyfriend in tow. Somehow, listening to “The Tallest Man On Earth” reminded me of those summer days where all I had to worry about was where I stashed my sandals and those daily trips to the meadow where I laid on the mud-drenched grass with my friends, listening to music, talking about life and you know, the cliché-est things possible youngsters can do before real life started creepin’ up on us.
Other than the fact that he does cool vibratos with his voice and plays the guitar like a pro, this Swedish export is pretty smokin’ hot too. I love his rolled-up shirts, tight skinny jeans and his nonchalant "I-really-love-my-music-and-my-fans attitude" that he’s been reppin’ since La Blogotheque did a Take-Away-Show on him a year ago.
I will say listening to Matsson may be an acquired taste, but seriously, don’t take my word for it, check him out yourself.
Angela Hu is a regular columnist of Bringin' Da Noise.