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.”

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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, http://www.tickets.ie and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Support is from Valerie Francis. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/thetallestmanonearth.

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