Kristian Matsson is a Swedish singer-songwriter from Dalarna, Sweden who performs under the stage name of The Tallest Man on Earth. Matsson grew up in Leksand, and began his solo career in 2006, having previously been the lead singer of the indie band Montezumas.
In 2008, Matsson garnered attention outside of Sweden with his breakthrough album, Shallow Grave, when it was hailed by the US music site Pitchfork.
Following Shallow Grave's release, Matsson was chosen as the opening act for the American indie folk band Bon Iver and subsequently went on a solo tour throughout the United States, Australia and Europe. The tour with Bon Iver brought a new wave of popularity to Matsson's music and live performances. Even though he did not have a record deal or distribution in the United States, Matsson still managed to attract large crowds to his solo concerts.
In April 2010, Matsson released his second album, The Wild Hunt. Before the album Matsson had negotiated with several major labels but in the end, the choice fell on the American Dead Oceans, a company Matsson himself describes as "music geeks like myself".
On 12 June 2012, Matsson released his third studio album as The Tallest Man on Earth, There's No Leaving Now, on Dead Oceans. The album was recorded by Matsson himself in his home studio in Dalarna during the latter part of 2011 and early 2012. The album was generally very well received and took Matsson touring the world for a full two years. A new continent was also introduced to The Tallest Man On Earth's live performances when he stopped for a couple of sold out nights in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa.
Dark Bird Is Home (Dead Oceans) was released on 12 May 2015. For the first time in Matsson's career we are introduced to a full band sound. It is his boldest offering so far, both in terms of sonic panorama and deeply personal lyrics. It was recorded in two places, his hometown in Dalarna and Matsson's friend's studio in Eau-Claire, Wisconsin. Also for the first time, Matsson hired a producer (BJ Burton).
Dark Bird Is Home is likely his most well received recording so far with Paste Magazine saying; "One thing is for sure, -as charismatic as Matsson's The Tallest Man on Earth has become over the last decade, he's showing even more signs of timelessness as the fruits of his craft ripen." The album has bestowed upon Matsson the honor of playing such venues as Massey Hall in Toronto, The Beacon Theatre in New York and Royal Albert Hall in London.
The Dark Bird Is Home tour is coming to Australia in November of 2016. Stops will include major cities as well as a date at the Sydney Opera House.