Not in the Least Bit Metal: The Tallest Man On Earth

Sometimes I just get tired of metal. I still think it’s the best “genre” of music out there, what with it’s ever expanding portfolio of sub-genres and micro-sub-genres, but when you listen new releases every day, and lot of them being not so good, you get a little bored and feel just a tad over-saturated. So branching out is a must for those of us in this sort of situation, and since I’m branching out, I thought I would share some great music with all of you.

Before I get into the artist at hand I want to share a little bit of myself. The other day I was having a conversation with my good friend Cody (tentaclesworth) and we were discussing, like most days, music. As our conversation went on, we started analyzing why we, individually, like the things that we like, and Cody made the point that I am a listener that needs to listen to music that reflects or amplifies my current emotional state (e.g. if I’m sad, sad music; angry, angry music; happy, happy music. etc.). While I don’t believe that’s 100% accurate, there is a lot of truth in it, and it’s one of the things that really prevents me from truly connecting with certain albums from the get go; my mind and emotions just aren’t ready. Luckily I’m also someone who often likes to revisit albums that I didn’t initially ‘get’.

Which brings me to this post. While I’m not going to delve into my personal life — that’s neither here nor there and no one really wants to hear me bitch about my ex-girlfriend — I would like to introduce you all to a wonderful musician from Sweden that really captures a strong emotional gravitas in his music, The Tallest Man on Earth.

I’ve been fairly in love with The Tallest Man on Earth for about two years now. I was introduced to his 2010 sophomore album, The Wild Hunt, by a class-mate of mine, and it’s been quite difficult to stop listening ever since. The music is richly layered and mostly somber. It brings to mind a lot of painful imagery of loss, and isolation, but sometimes allows the listener to feel something quite warm and comforting to the soul. The man has been compared to Bob Dylan, and it’s easy to see why. They both have a very unique and out-of-the-ordinary approach to vocals, soulful moans and wails that accompany an acoustic guitar. It’s lo-fi, and beautiful. The Tallest Man on Earth just released his third studio album, There’s No Leaving Now and I have to say it’s damn near close to a masterpiece. Each song is expertly crafted, and delicately woven to create a rich display of emotions and images to the listeners mind. It’s something that begs to be listened to, as well as sang along with.

I don’t have much else to say about this at the moment, so just enjoy the music. Cheers!

– EC

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