Performing under his stage name The Tallest Man on Earth, Kristian Matsson is one of the closest Bob Dylan reincarnates the industry has seen in this millennium. After leaving his band Montezumas, he began recording his own tracks, meshing Nick Drake inspired open tunings and creating a sound that’s both brand new yet comfortably familiar. His voice is heavy, gravely, even nasally at times, but combined with songs that take root in Americana folk, his music is a lust-worthy weaving of musical magic.
Matsson’s songs evoke a sense of adventure. They encourage you to go out and take a look at the world around you, even if you’re only starting in your back yard. He croons of love and loss as well, but self discovery and personal growth are his frontward pillars.
His stage presence is said to be enamoring and he’s somehow managed to remain humble despite receiving more than a decade’s worth of attention. Whatever secret Matsson’s discovered throughout his musical journey, it’s working for him.
[The Tallest Man on Earth performs from 4:20 to 5:20 PM on Sunday, May 26 at the Sasquatch stage.]