The Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt
The Tallest Man On Earth is the alter ego of Swedish folk-hunk Kristian Matsson. His Dylan-esque vocals and chirpy songs may not be the most original thing to come out of the recent world folk revival, but these ten songs do have a warmth and a spark that keep you tuned in even if you feel as if you've heard most of it already. With his nifty acoustic guitar picking and delightful nasal whine Mattsson beguiles us with songs that speak of restlessness and longing. At his best his music bears more than a passing resemblance to I Am Kloot's John Bramwell. Take the delightful 'King Of Spain'; "I never knew I was her lover / just cos I steal the things you hide / just cos I focus while we're dancing / just cos I offered you a ride." The beautiful and haunting 'Love Is All' is another winner, stark and simple with just Matsson and his guitar, but all the more powerful for that. 'Kids On The Run', with its full throated piano chords and Matsson's lovely vocals closes the album. The Wild Hunt is a lovely collection of heartfelt songs that will keep good company, serenading you on those cold rainy days when silence is too lonely and anything more is too much to bear.