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LISTEN // The Tallest Man On Earth Shares “Sagres” From ‘Dark Bird Is Home’ Out May 12, Announces First Full Band Tour

The announcement two weeks ago that The Tallest Man On Earth will release his first new album since 2012 this spring on Dead Oceans was met with open arms and eager anticipation. While the album trailer is a beautiful indication of what’s to come, the first single, “Sagres,” takes us a step further into the world of Dark Bird Is Home. It’s an album that presents Kristian Matsson at his most personal and direct, deeper and darker than ever at times, yet also an album with strokes of whimsy and the scent of new beginnings. It feels fresh and well timed. Hear “Sagres” via YouTube or our Soundcloud page.

The Tallest Man On Earth‘s Dark Bird Is Home is out May 12th on Dead Oceans and available for pre-order now. All iTunes and SC Distribution pre-orders come with an instant free download of “Sagres“.

Pre-order Dark Bird Is Home via Secretly Distribution, iTunes, Amazon, or your local record store

For the next few years, the Dark Bird tour will come to your city or a town nearby, and for the first time Kristian is bringing a band to the stage with him. Click ‘Read More’ to see full dates + pre-order information.

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ALBUM ANNOUNCE // The Tallest Man On Earth ‘Dark Bird Is Home’ Out May 12th, Watch Album Trailer

Dark Bird Is Home, the fourth album from The Tallest Man On Earth, doesn’t feel like it came from one time, one place, or one tape machine. The songs and sounds were captured in various countries, studios, and barns, and they carry a weather-worn quality, some dirt and some grit.

While Dark Bird is The Tallest Man at his most personal and direct, deeper and darker than ever at times, it’s also an album with strokes of whimsy and the scent of new beginnings — which feels fresh for Tallest Man On Earth, and well timed. Reliably, the melodies and arrangements are sturdy and classic, like old cars and tightly wound clocks. The lyrics and their delivery are both comforting and alarming, like tall trees and wide hills.

The other musicians and layers on this recording put a wide lens on familiar themes. Fear and darkness, sleep or lack of it, dreams in the dark and in the light. Moving, leaving, going. Distance and short stops, long straight lines, temporal places. More hopefully, a grateful nod to a traveling partner, a healing mind. Maybe a little forgiveness needed. Definitely some things to forget.

Tallest Man On Earth Dark Bird Is Home is out May 12th on Dead Oceans and available for pre-order now. Watch the album trailer above or on our Youtube page.

Dark Bird Is Home pre-order:
Bundle Direct (SC Distribution)
Local record stores


Dark Bird Is Home Tracklisting:
01. Fields of Our Home
02. Darkness of the Dream
03. Singers
04. Slow Dance
05. Little Nowhere Towns
06. Sagres
07. Timothy
08. Beginners
09. Seventeen
10. Dark Bird Is Home

The Tale of The Tallest Man On Earth and a Moog Synthesizer, New European Dates Announced for Winter

The Tallest Man On Earth and synthesizers? You betcha. Kristian recently stopped by Asheville’s Moog Music factory for a new session. Supplied with an array of Moog equipment, Kristian and tourmates Strand of Oaks take on “There’s No Leaving Now” in a completely new way. Watch above.

The fun doesn’t stop with the session. You wanted more tour dates and now you’re going to get them. Kristian has added a handful of European shows to his tour. You’ll find the full list below.

11/21/13 Copenhagen, DenmarkVega
11/22/13 Aarhus, DenmarkVoxhall
11/23/13 Weissenhaeuser Strand, GermanyRolling Stone Weekender
11/25/13 Tilburg, NetherlandsO13
11/26/13 Den Haag, NetherlandsPaard van Troje
11/27/13 Fribourg, SwitzerlandFri-Son
11/29/13 Barcelona, SpainFri-Son
11/30/13 Donostia-San Sebastian, SpainKursaal
12/01/13 Madrid, SpainTeatro Fernando Fernan Gomez
12/04/13 Segrate (Milano), ItalyCicolo Magnolia
12/05/13 Vienna, AustriaStadthalle

For a full list of tour dates, head HERE.

TOUR ALERT // The Tallest Man On Earth Announces US Summer Dates

The Tallest Man On Earth has set out to make your summer. How so? By going on a US tour of course. New dates include stops at Sasquatch and Bonnaroo! Strand of Oaks will open for TTMOE on all shows. You can check out the full tour schedule and ticket links below.

Summer too far away? Watch the new, four-part documentary that gives an intimate look into the lives of Kristian and his wife Amanda. The fourth episode features the duo performing Damien Jurado’s “Working Titles.”


05/26/13: George, WA – Sasquatch Music Festival
05/27/13: Wenatchee, WA- Performing Arts Center ^
05/28/13: Missoula, MT- Wilma Theatre ^
05/29/13: Boise, ID- Knitting Factory ^
05/31/13: Salt Lake City, UT- The Depot ^
06/01/13: Denver, CO- Ogden Theatre ^
06/03/13: Omaha, NE- The Waiting Room ^
06/04/13: Iowa City, IA- The Englert Theatre ^
06/05/13: St. Louis, MO- The Pageant ^
06/07/13: Indianapolis, IN- The Vogue ^
06/08/13: Louisville, KY- Headliners ^
06/09/13: Atlanta, GA- Variety Playhouse ^
06/11/13: Orlando, FL- Beacham Theatre ^
06/12/13: Ft. Lauderdale, FL- Culture Room ^
06/13/13: St. Augustine, FL- The Original Cafe Eleven ^
06/15/13: Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
07/12/13: Dublin, IE- The Iveagh Gardens
07/18/13: Nordfjordeid, NO- Malakoff
07/19/13: Tromso, NO- Bukta Festival

^ = with Strand of Oaks

Watch The Tallest Man On Earth with Idiot Wind Covering Damien Jurado’s “Working Titles”

The Tallest Man On Earth, Kristian Matsson, collaborated on a cover with his wife, Idiot Wind’s Amanda Hollingby Matsson, of Damien Jurado’s “Working Titles.” This standout song from Damien’s newest record, Maraqopa, was voted the #1 song of 2012 yesterday by Speakers In Code.

This will be the last bloggy from Dead Oceans until we get back from Xmas break! HAVE A VERY SAFE, HAPPY HOLIDAY, FRIENDS! Get your resolutions in order, and we’ll see you soon. <3

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Earth:2015 by Mark McGuire
Dream Lover by Destroyer
Times Square by Destroyer
Moonshiner by Kevin Morby
Me Liquor and God by Night Beds
Corner by Night Beds
Sagres by The Tallest Man on Earth
Dark Bird Is Home by The Tallest Man on Earth
War Machine by Bill Fay
A Page Incomplete by Bill Fay
Primrose Green by Ryley Walker
Sweet Satisfaction by Ryley Walker


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A Place To Bury Strangers
Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus

Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge  w/ Jennifer Castle

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Dunedin, UK - Knox Church

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Portland, ME - Waking Windows Music & Arts Festival

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Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl  w/ My Morning Jacket

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Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival

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Arhus, DK - Voxhall

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