Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson won’t be releasing his new album as The Tallest Man on Earth until May 12th via Dead Oceans. However, the album entitled Dark Bird Is Home is already streaming in full on NPR.
The LP follows 2012’s There’s No Leaving Now and marks Matsson’s fourth album overall. He had intended to take a year off after extensive touring, but found himself dealing with numerous personal and family problems from which the only solace was writing music. “A lot of people have gone through that,” he told The 405 about his struggles during the past year, “but I was writing these songs when I was both upset and felt confusion and guilt and some anger, and a lot of sadness. And I was also figuring out that this is just a part of life, this is how life will be: You will just have to figure out stuff all the time. That got into the songs too I think.”
The album was recorded in studios from Sweden to Wisconsin, for the first time with the aid of other musicians and singers to “add new color to the familiar palette of The Tallest Man on Earth.” The impetus for enlisting other players came from a desire to fill out his live show. “I’ve loved playing the shows by myself and it’s been a wonderful experience to have been able to do that on a stage in front of a lot of people,” he said, “but to work up that adrenaline and to share that [with the audience] … it was draining! Afterwards I was so tired, and going from this extreme amount of adrenaline and energy into a dead quiet dressing room, with no-one there because my whole crew was working to bring all the stuff back to the bus, that wasn’t too fun.”
The Tallest Man on Earth will tour with his new four-piece backing band beginning in May and including stops at Eaux Claires Festival, Forecastle, and Hurricane & Southside; find his full itinerary here.
Pre-orders are ongoing. Below, revisit the album’s title track and see the full tracklist.
Dark Bird Is Home Tracklist:
01. Fields of Our Home
02. Darkness of the Dream
04. Slow Dance
05. Little Nowhere Towns
10. Dark Bird Is Home