The Tallest Man on Earth — aka Swedish musician Kristian Matsson — will release his latest record, Henry St., on April 14 via ANTI-. This is his first new album in four years and comes on the heels of him leaving New York in 2020 to grow vegetables on his home farm in Sweden. During this period, inspiration didn’t come easily, with themes of darkness and solitude working their way into whatever he laid his hands on. But he began touring again toward the end of 2021 and found himself in a time of feverish and plentiful writing, laying down the foundation of what would become Henry St.
“Henry St. is the most playful, most me album yet, because it covers so many of the different noises in my head,” says Matsson. “When you overthink things, you get further away from your original ideas. And God knows I overthink things when I’m by myself.“
We’re introduced to the record through “Every Little Heart”, a song that pits Matsson’s gorgeous voice against a quick tempered drumbeat, guitars sparkling in the forefront and melodies pouring like silver through your speakers. His voice still recalls the timbre of a young Bob Dylan, but the force imparted here is wholly his own, a deep and bottomless reservoir of emotion that bathes your heart in its desperate beauty.
“…I still have little demons inside of me,” Matsson reveals. “I wrote some key changes in the song that came natural to me, but I worried they might sound unnatural to others. When [drummer] TJ Maiani heard it, he straightaway went into this drumbeat that shocked me a little at first, but came completely natural to him. It fit the song perfectly.“
The song finds its visual partner in a clip from director Jeroen Dankers, who explains that the video “portrays a conflict you can have with your inner child, which you sometimes still have inside you and you want to let go, but that isn’t always easy.” It is the first of a purported trilogy of video accompaniments for the album.
Watch the video and check out some of his upcoming tour dates below.
March 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery Masonic Lodge March 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery Masonic Lodge March 25 – Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom * March 26 – Ft. Collins, CO @ Washington’s March 29 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel March 30 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel April 1 – Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s April 3 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom April 4 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg April 12 – Copenhagen, DK @ Amager Bio April 13 – Aarhus, DK @ Voxhall April 16 – Glasgow, UK @ QMU April 17 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street April 18 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Cathedral April 19 – Leeds, UK @ The Leeds Irish Centre April 21 – London, UK @ O2 Forum April 22 – Bristol, UK @ Trinity – SOLD OUT April 24 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso April 25 – Antwerp, BE @ De Roma April 26 – Paris, FR @ La Cigale April 27 – Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks April 29 – Milan, IT @ Fabrique April 30 – Munich, DE @ Freiheitshalle May 1 – Berlin, DE @ Metropol May 2 – Hamburg, DE @ Uebel & Gefahlrlich May 3 – Malmo, SE @ Plan B – SOLD OUT May 5 – Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene May 6 – Stockholm, SE @ Cirkus – SOLD OUT May 7 – Stockholm, SE @ Cirkus May 8 – Goteborg, SE @ Pustervik – SOLD OUT May 9 – Goteborg, SE @ Pustervik – SOLD OUT * = with Elephant Revival