One of Pitchfork's Most Anticipated Albums of 2023, The Tallest Man On Earth's Henry St. is landing just as sold out shows in LA and NYC along with an appearance on CBS Saturday kick off a headline tour across EU, UK and North America.
Amongst the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of his generation, The Tallest Man On Earth's Kristian Matsson remains devoted to sparse indie-folk arrangements of guitar, banjo and harmonica while veering into more adventurous sonic territory. Matsson has never remained in one place for very long. Having spent much of the last decade touring around the world as The Tallest Man on Earth, he has captivated audiences using, as The New York Times describes, “every inch of his long guitar cord to roam the stage: darting around, crouching, stretching, hip-twitching, perching briefly and jittering away… Mr. Matsson is a guitar-slinger rooted in folk, and his songs are troubadour ballads at heart.”
Now, Matsson returns with his sixth studio album following 2012’s There’s No Leaving Now, full of “vivid imagery, clever turns-of-phrase, and devastating, world-weary observations” (Under The Radar) and 2015’s Dark Bird Is A Home, his “most personal record… surreal and dreamlike” (Pitchfork).
Henry St. notably marks the first time he recorded an album in a band setting. “My entire career I’ve been a DIY person––mostly fueled by the feeling that I didn’t know what I was doing, so I’d just do everything myself.” But now, longing for the energy that’s only released when creating together with others, Matsson invited his friends to come and play. Nick Sanborn (of Sylvan Esso) produced Henry St., which includes contributions from Ryan Gustafson (of The Dead Tongues) on guitar, lap steel and ukulele, TJ Maiani on drums, CJ Camerieri (of Bon Iver) on trumpet and French horn, Phil Cook on piano and organ, Rob Moose (of Bon Iver, yMusic) on strings and Adam Schatz on saxophone.