Smart bets: The Tallest Man on Earth

That indie-folk artist Kristian Matsson (who performs as The Tallest Man on Earth) sticks to a black-and-white aesthetic when it comes to photos and videos is intriguing because his music is so textural, visual and even colorful. That the Swedish-born musician writes songs more eloquently in English — his second language — than most of us can communicate in our mother tongue is astonishing. Matsson’s newest release, Dark Bird Is Home, is described lyrically as “both comforting and alarming.” The album, according to Matsson’s bio, is “The Tallest Man at his most personal and direct, deeper and darker than ever at times, but it’s also an album with strokes of whimsy and the scent of new beginnings.” The Tallest Man on Earth performs at The Orange Peel on Thursday, May 28, with Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear. 9 p.m., $29.50 advance/$32 day of show. Photo by Cameron Wittig


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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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