Does anyone happen to know the Tallest Man on Earth song with the lyrics "I'll be leaving in the fall?" He played it to finish up his show in Boulder last night and it has been stuck in my head ever since. I just can't seem to find the song.
I love the fact that this man from Sweden has a better grasp on American folk music than do the vast majority of contemporary American folk artists. I'm very happy that he got a bump from pitchfork including his album in their top 50 of 2008. For once those waste-of-carbon hipsters did something useful.
i hadn't even heard about this guy until a few days ago. now i don't feel a need to listen to anything else, really. fucking brilliant. especially like walkt the line, the gardner and i won't be found. woo!
"when he still sounded like Kristian does" - ha Cacophanaut you kind of unpicked your own argument. Am I alone in seeing comparisons to Dylan in a positive way? I personally would be over the moon is someone compared be to Dylan. And I am sorry listen to a song like Into The Stream, and then Girl From The North Country by Dylan. Both wonderful tunes and both stylistically very similar.
Shallow Graves is immense! Listened to it all day at work. Very reminiscent of early Dylan, but more consistent to my taste than Freewheelin' Bob Dylan or any other early Dylan album. His voice is similar but more accessible to Dylan too. Wow, it looks like I just compared him to Dylan. Fuck it, right now, judging from this album, he deserves it.
I agree, and lets be honest, what are the similarities between him and Dylan anyway? He has a similar voice, which he can do nothing about, and he sings with an acoustic guitar. If you removed ONE of those, nobody would make the comparison. Besides th instruments used, the actual differences in sogwriting style are massive. Kristian makes immense use of simile and metaphor, something which Dylan, in his early days when he still sounded like Kristian does, rarely did. The structueres are closer to pop than folk, the imagery is almost always very, very symbolic, and to be honest I'd be willing to bet he is more influenced by pre-Dylan american folk than Dylan himself.