Release Date: Apr 19, 2019
Record label: Birds
Last summer, Kristian Matsson lamented that steady touring had slowed the arrival of I Love You. It's a Fever Dream., his fifth album as the Tallest Man on Earth. "I can't write good stuff on tour," he complained. "I can't write about life on a tour bus." Ironically, Fever Dream arrives as a focused and frequently lovely rumination on life lived on a tour bus.
One classic Onion article bears the headline "Kind, Bearded Christian Has Guitar, Story To Tell. " Change "Christian" to "Kristian," and you have a CliffsNotes description of Kristian Mattson's career as The Tallest Man On Earth. Ever since his debut, Shallow Grave, became one of the most auspicious folk debuts in years and his brilliant sophomore effort, The Wild Hunt, proved he could weather and even embrace the Bob Dylan comparisons while still having his own voice, Mattson has seemed to have been in an artistic struggle of how best to reconcile the rawness that brought his audience with a natural desire to bring more textures into his sound.