Wild Hunt CD (2010)

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Product Overview


Label Dead Oceans/ada
SKU 214681159
UPC 656605134024
UPC 14 00656605134024
Format CD
Release Date 4/13/2010
Author Tallest Man On Earth
Technical Info
Engineer The Tallest Man on Earth
CatalogID DOC 040CD
Lable Name Dead Oceans Records (Sister label o
Released 04/12/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 34m : 37s
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00656605134024
Album Notes and Credits
In nearly every respect, Swedish troubadour Kristian Matsson's second full-length outing as the Tallest Man on Earth is a direct continuation of the stripped-down roots folk style he introduced on his debut -- an album that was deeply, unambiguously steeped in rural American folk tradition but also the product of a strong singular vision and voice. Arguably the most significant difference this time out is the wider stateside distribution that The Wild Hunt will enjoy thanks to its presence on Dead Oceans, and, hopefully, an attendant increase in exposure. It's richly deserved: even if -- as may initially seem to be the case -- this album offered nothing more than another ten songs cut from Shallow Grave's rough-hewn yet rarefied cloth, it would be considerable cause for celebration; for an ostensible one trick pony, Matsson's got a hell of a trick. But he's more than that: his distinctive gifts as a songwriter are more than equal to his undeniable flair as a musical stylist, and if the uncanny anachronistic effect of his work isn't quite as revelatory the second time around, this set offers the subtler treat of hearing an artist carve out further space for personal nuance and expression within an already well-established approach. Careful listening reveals a newfound looseness and emotional range here, particularly in the vocals, with tender moments like the sweetly sung "Love Is All" and bittersweet relationship dissection "The Drying of the Lawns" balancing the typically visceral, nearly strident delivery of songs like "You're Going Back" and jaunty highlight "King of Spain" (which wryly tips a hat to Matsson's most undeniable forerunner with its reference to "boots of Spanish leather"). Lyrically, too, his writing has grown somewhat more lucid and expressive, with even his characteristically poetic evocations of the natural world connecting on a more human and relatable level than past abstractions (from "Burden of Tomorrow": "I'm just a blind man on the plains/I drink my water when it rains/And live by chance among the lightning strikes"). Still, The Wild Hunt could hardly be called a reinvention. Save for the unexpectedly Springsteen-esque closer, "Kids on the Run," wherein Matsson trades in his trusty six-string for a piano, anything here could have slotted neatly onto Shallow Grave. And that's no trouble at all: when you sound like virtually nobody else out there, it's hard to complain about more of the same. ~ K. Ross Hoffman
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.91) - "[D]elightfully weird....His songs are jammed with enough surprises to make him seem like a singular new talent."
CMJ - "With simple-yet-thoughtful instrumentals of subtle guitars, humming banjos and delicate pianos offset by passionately sung, complex and often narrative-like lyrics, THE WILD HUNT is a bluesy folk album..."
Paste (magazine) (p.82) - "The clean, galloping banjos and guitars spotlight his pristine snarl, which slips down into powerful bass notes and then reaches up and yelps on key..."
Clash (magazine) - "A] graceful and beautiful advancement of form....THE WILD HUNT is another reminder that The Tallest Man On Earth may very well be the saviour of modern folk."
Uncut (magazine) (p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The likes of 'Burden Of Tomorrow' and the title track combine ageless melodies with vivid, fluently poetic images."
Disc 1
1 Wild Hunt, The
2 Burden of Tomorrow
3 Troubles Will Be Gone
4 You'Re Going Back
5 Drying of the Lawns, The
6 King of Spain
7 Love is All
8 Thousand Ways
9 Lion's Heart, A
10 Kids On the Run
Product Attributes
Artist Tallest Man On Earth
Music Format Compact Disc

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