Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Todayâ€™s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is Walk the Line by The Tallest Man on Earth from the self-titled EP on Gravitation Records.
The Tallest Man on Earth – Walk the Line (MP3)It is hard to believe such an authentic representation of acoustic-folk and Americana can come from an unknown out of Dalarna, Sweden. Performing under the moniker The Tallest Man on Earth, Kristian Matsson gets his inspiration from the likes of Bob Dylan, Son House, and Charley Patton. His voice is course, yet sure of itself, and the instrumentation follows suit. This five-song EP, clocking in at about fifteen minutes, is something perhaps even Dylan, in all his cynicism about modern recording, can appreciate. Interestingly, every photo you see of Matsson shows him obscured or reaching beyond the picture’s border, most often with his head lopped off. Maintaining the mystery, The Tallest Man on Earth reveals very little of himself on his MySpace page, except cryptic messages like this recent post from last week: “Goodbye Internet, hello mountains. Back in august.”
For more sightings of this mythic woodland creature, check out this video for “It Will Follow the Rain”: