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  • The Tallest Man On Earth (EP) The Tallest Man On Earth (EP) Quick View

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    The Tallest Man On Earth (EP)

    The Tallest Man on Earth released one of 2008's most powerful records; Shallow Grave could not have been more simple, just Matsson's commanding vocals with an acoustic guitar or banjo, recorded at his home in Dalarna, Sweden. Although the album was released on the Swedish label Gravitation without the help of widespread distribution (save for a vinyl-only release on Mexican Summer), the story of The Tallest Man on Earth spread far and wide through word of mouth. In April 2010, The Tallest Man on Earth released the critically acclaimed album The Wild Hunt. Now, Gravitation is pleased to make the Tallest Man on Earth's self-titled EP (originally released in 2006) widely available on CD for the first time!
    1. It Will Follow the Rain

    2. Walk the Line

    3. Steal Tomorrow

    4. Over the Hills

    5. Into the Stream
    The Tallest Man On Earth
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    There's No Leaving Now

    There's No Leaving Now, the newest record from Kristian Matsson's aptly titled moniker, The Tallest Man On Earth, finds the Swedish troubadour trading in the sense of urgency that fueled his first two records for a confidently relaxed approach. Drums, piano, baritone guitar, woodwinds and pedal steel layer this collection of songs that never compromise virtuosity for immediacy.
    1. To Just Grow Away
    2. Revelation Blues
    3. Leading Me Now
    4. 1904
    5. Bright Lanterns
    6. There's No Leaving Now
    7. Wind and Walls
    8. Little Brother
    9. Criminals
    10. On Every Page
    The Tallest Man On Earth
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    Sometimes The Blues Is Just A Passing Bird

    Like the Wheel, along with four other new songs, make up Sometimes The Blues Is Just a Passing Bird, an EP written entirely after The Tallest Man On Earth's latest release The Wild Hunt. Recorded during a quick break from touring in the summer of 2010, Like the Wheel is joined by The Dreamer, a soon-to-be-classic that songwriter Kristian Matsson performs on electric guitar. Sometimes The Blues Is Just a Passing Bird is an open and shut chapter in the Tallest Man on Earths songbook, five new additions to those magical performances.
    1. Little River
    2. The Dreamer
    3. Like the Wheel
    4. Tangle in This Trampled Wheat
    5. Thrown Right at Me
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    The Wild Hunt

    With unbridled excitement, we bring you The Tallest Man on Earth's second LP, The Wild Hunt. It is all here: The words. The voice. The melodies. Ten perfect songs. The Wild Hunt picks up where 2008's Shallow Grave left off, with Matsson doing what he does best. It is unmistakably The Tallest Man on Earth, from the urgent strums of You're Going Back and the sweet melodies of Love is All, to the playful lyricism of live favorite King of Spain and the subtle hook on Burden of Tomorrow.
    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. A Lion's Heart
    10. Kids On the Run
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    Shallow Grave

    The Tallest Man on Earth released one of 2008's most powerful records, one that Pitchfork praised, calling Kristian Matsson a natural-born folksinger, earnest, clever, and comforting. Shallow Grave could not have been more simple, just Matsson's commanding vocals with an acoustic guitar or banjo, recorded at his home in Dalarna, Sweden. Although the album was released on the Swedish label Gravitation without the help of widespread distribution, the story of The Tallest Man on Earth spread far and wide through word of mouth.
    1. I Won't Be Found
    2. Pistol Dreams
    3. Honey Won't You Let Me In
    4. Shallow Grave
    5. Where Do My Bluebird Fly
    6. The Gardener
    7. The Blizzard's Never Seen the Desert Sands
    8. The Sparrow and the Medicine
    9. Into the Stream
    10. This Wind
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    Falling Faster Than You Can Run (Awaiting Repress)

    Well, it doesn't take long for Falling Faster Than You Can Run to reveal that Nathaniel Rateliff isn't in a very good place. His deep funk is revealed very quickly on the opening track 'Still Trying': "If you roll in it long enough/your shit won't even smell" sings Rateliff, in between crying out, unaccompanied, "I don't know/I don't know/a god damned thing".


    And that's the feeling that sticks throughout this, often very fine, new record from Denver, Colorado's Missouri-born Rateliff. On his second full-length album (dropping the & the Wheel from his name) loneliness is writ large: not the kind of loneliness from actually being along, but the kind that comes from being constantly surrounded by people yet unable to shake the feeling of complete isolation. Rateliff has toured with many, many acts over the past few years and most recently has spent time with Dr Dog and fellow Denver act (and friends) The Lumineers. Thankfully, Rateliff rarely sounds like his friends (you might say I'm not a fan) and instead writes and plays music with a lot of heart and soul. It's often his voice that's the star of the show thanks to the subtly-arranged instrumentation: part matured Kurt Wagner burr and part throat-ravaged bluesman ( a bit The Tallest Man on Earth) it's a voice you could listen to all day. But good voice is nothing without good songs, and Rateliff comes with plenty of ammunition on Falling Faster Than You Can Run.


    "Still Trying" is an arresting opener; while Rateliff's heart-wrenching roars are the highlight, the backing isn't too shabby either - acoustic guitar and bass drum battle for the spotlight on a ragged country song, and it sounds authentic, like Rateliff has lived what he's singing. And things get better quickly: "I Am" is mostly just Rateliff and his guitar, as broaches his isolation singing: "you'll never know what's buried there / less you dig around". The music swells as he sings the title over and over, following a similar pattern to the album opener. But before things get too familiar, Rateliff picks up the pace with a couple of full band numbers that could almost be considered jaunty, if we were to ignore the lyrics. "Don't Get Too Close" is fine enough and ticks over nicely like a quickstep, but "Laborman" is even better. Like Wilco at their poppiest, it flies off on crunchy and bright electric guitars which belies the lyrical content: "I got a feelin' / a sleepin' depression / that somebody's gonna get hurt", sings Rateliff, followed by "you got the harness/so where you gonna drag me now?" You can see a pattern developing here; Rateliff's stuck somewhere he doesn't want to be, lonely, but how does he get out of it? Take another look at that album cover too - a couple share a bed, an arm reaches out yet it doesn't touch the other person. It's basically a visual encapsulation of what's being sung about.


    The epic electric storm of "Forgetting Is Believing" leads a trio of great closing tracks, ending with the Lambchop-murmur of the title track. Rateliff's baritone is exposed and dusty as he sings "leave me alone/you can see me fall/faster than you can run", ending as he started the record - alone and isolated.


    Falling Faster Than You Can Run feels, through the dirt, the shit and the whisky, and despite the loneliness, like a hard-earned triumph for Nathaniel Rateliff.


    - Andrew Hannah (The Line Of Best Fit)

    1. Still Trying
    2. I Am
    3. Don't Get Too Close
    4. Laborman
    5. How To Win
    6. Nothing To Show For
    7. Right On
    8. Three Fingers
    9. Forgetting Is Believing
    10. When Do You See
    11. Falling Faster Than You Can Run
    Nathaniel Rateliff
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