Musical Rooms

September 9, 2009

Musical Rooms Part 86: The Tallest Man on Earth

Filed under: Interviews,Musical Rooms Series — by Sinéad Gleeson @ 8:59 am
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“I guess I create music and write songs pretty much all over the place. It can happen in good-sounding rooms where I happen to be, or outside walking the dog. I rent a house on the edge of a small country-town in Sweden, with a living room where most of the songs are finished and then maybe recorded. It has great acoustics, and a door leading out to a big patio facing the woods. pretty much all I need. When I see the dog getting bored from tip-toeing around; when she knows it will only take even more time if she ruins the take, I go out on the patio, trick her to look the other way and throw a frisbee out in the woods as far as I can. She will search until she finds it, usually it takes about four minutes, pefect amount of time to do a take. When she returns, her smile from success inspires me back. I throw it again and get the work done.

I have a computer with all the usual stuff, a bunch of Tandberg quarter-inch reel-to-reel recorders, a Studer B67 and a purple tube compressor. Microphones spread from some really modern-sounding ones to a 1960’s ribbon. All this is spread out in the room together with a bunch of guitars, a nice piano a couple of cents flat, a mellophone and a banjo. When I need to record I’ll just mix and match, and find the best spot in the room for the song.”

Sweden’s Kristian Matsson is The Tallest Man on Earth and has been described as “a finger picking virtuoso who plays inspired Dylan-esque folk songs”. Matsson has been recording since early 2000 and released his self-titled debut EP on Sweden’s Gravitation Records in 2006, followed by a single ‘Pistol Dreams’ in 2007 and a full-length album, Shallow Grave, in 2008. He plays Whelan’s this Friday, September 11th. Doors are 7.30pm and tickets are €13.50 plus booking fee from WAV Box-Office (Lo-Call 1890 200 078), City Discs, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Support is from Valerie Francis. For more information, visit

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