The Tallest Man on Earth - There's No Leaving Now

Kristian Matsson has a simple thing going: he plays guitar and sings. His records are self-produced, lo-fi affairs, the songs rarely adorned with anything beyond a single guitar, sometimes acoustic, sometimes jangly, open-tuned electric.

That’s not easy to pull off, but the Swedish Matsson — who records as The Tallest Man On Earth — has the charisma to pull it off. His songs are spidery and haunting, but the real attraction is his piercing, reedy voice. He frequently gets tagged as “Dylan-esque” over that, but it’s a pretty singular sound.

Grist relies on the support of generous readers like you. Donate today to keep our climate news free. All donations matched!

TTMOE, like semi-close analogue Mountain Goats, is a love-it-or-hate-it kind of thing, but if you’re into the sound, you really need to buy his latest album, There’s No Leaving Now. It’s fantastic. This song is called “Little Brother.”

Grist thanks its sponsors. Become one.