The Tallest Man on Earth: Sagres

We’ve grown accustomed to the stripped down folk sound of Sweden’s Kristian Matsson, better known as The Tallest Man on Earth. Reminiscent of the early American folk of Bob Dylan and Woodie Guthrie, Matsson’s previous records featured analog recordings of his voice, a guitar or banjo and little else. “Sagres” from Matsson’s forthcoming Dark Bird is Home—due out 12 May 2015 on Dead Oceans—is a step in a new direction. His heartfelt, often nature-heavy lyrics remain but this time he is backed with a full band and the production is noticeably sharper. Despite this change in style, the raw emotion and almost pastoral melodies that put a kid from central Sweden on the indie world stage still shine through.