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Kristian Matsson, The Tallest Man on Earth, released a new single on Friday through the Adult Swim singles series entitled “Weather of a Killing Kind”. It’s what you might expect from Matsson – a wistful folk song that beautifully weaves it way from start to finish with sweeping vocal melodies and gentle, finger-plucked accompaniment. Matsson has a style, and he’s not ready to let go of it just yet.

But the song is also something new for Matsson; it’s topical. “Weather of a Killing Kind” makes no particular dedication, but you have to believe that Matsson had at least one of the recent natural disasters on his mind when he penned the song. The earthquake in Japan, the Las Conchas wildfire in Santa Fe, or the floods in Pakistan, perhaps. What came to mind for me, perhaps because it hits closer to home, was the tornado in Joplin, MO; today, authorities announced the 159th confirmed death to come of the disaster. “I see the clouds, I see the shadows/It’s rainin’ wolves outside our door/We stand and watch through hesitation/’Cause they’ll be spread out there forevermore,” Matsson sings in the first verse, announcing the impending doom.

But it wouldn’t be a TMoE song without everything turning despairingly personal: “And I feed the clouds, they are my shadow/’Cause I have raised the cubs myself alone.” In the final chorus, the lyrics are transformed: “Here is my weather of a killing kind.” The song is full of beautiful poetic twists and turns, and while not as immediate as some of Matsson’s best songs like “The Gardner” and “King of Spain”, there’s a subtlety to be appreciated in Matsson’s delicacy and wordplay.

Stream the song below, and visit Adult Swim for a free download on Monday.





chaseee
07.10.11
That was fantastic.

Electric City
07.10.11
good thing the one melody he sings rules

TheBuzzKiller
07.10.11
another great song by this guy =)

Knott-
07.11.11
Still good, still find it difficult to take him 100% seriously. There are two or three barriers to my getting fully involved with his songs and they're too much : (

Kris.
07.11.11
fisher you live near joplin too?

FlawedPerfection
07.11.11
No, but I have some friends who do and did volunteer work in the area, so I've seen a lot of photos and videos they took.

SeaAnemone
07.11.11
probably my favorite living songwriter
next to Samson and Darnielle of course

VicariousIntent
07.11.11
I've been goddamn obsessed with him lately and this is only fueling my love of him. Absolutely amazing song from one of the best songwriters around today.

Douglas
07.11.11
how can one man constantly write amazing songs with apparent ease? It is impossible to fault anything this man has done. Nothing wrong with that of course!

Spare
07.11.11
wonder what the expiry date for this one song that he keeps writing will be. good song.

Douglas
07.11.11
you suck spare haha

mallen-
07.11.11
great as expected

SeaAnemone
07.14.11
is it weird that this is one of my favorite songs of his already? wish i could find a download

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