Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man on Earth, nails the American folk sound so well his Swedish nationality is almost unbelievable. His style isn't quite rustic but more modernly emotive. His voice drones and jumps registers both beautifully and imperfectly with lyrics that will make many an English major hang their heads in shame when they hear how gracefully he sews words together from his second language. His music is neatly composed and unwavering, which is excellent much of the time but can be ill-fitting and too gentle at others.
The Man can be very shy and unrevealing in interviews but is notoriously commanding when he's on stage. And his acoustic guitar, scruffy looks and earnest vibe are fitting for a Missoula crowd.
- Dameon Matule