The Tallest Man On Earth has just released the newest song from his five part series, When The Bird Sees The Solid Ground. The new original studio recording, “Somewhere In The Mountains, Somewhere In New York”, is released via Rivers / Birds Records through AWAL / Kobalt Recordings, and accompanied by a video episode directed by Kristian Matsson.
Speaking to NPR, Mattson says:
For most of my career, I’ve written songs and saved them up in notebooks and voice memos. I’d record some of those songs, and then wait a half a year for them to be released. It all seemed very separate and compartmentalized and that’s always struck me as a bit unnatural. Even though they were abstract and maybe naive, they came from reacting to things happening around me in the moment.
Of course what those moments are change as we get older and so does how we process them. “Somewhere In The Mountains, Somewhere In New York” is about learning more and more about gratitude for positive things in life, big and small, and how to accept life’s changing nature, to snap out of fear of change and new challenges. But there are moments when being reasonable is not on the map; “I don’t want this to happen, please”. This is a song that is a snapshot of a moment like that and was written and recorded in just a couple of hours.
Listen to “Somewhere In The Mountains, Somewhere In New York” HERE
Watch Video Episode for “Somewhere In The Mountains, Somewhere In New York” HERE
A year ago Matsson began pursuing a vision, though he wasn’t quite sure what it was. Something about making music but getting away from the cycle of having to record a dozen songs and then wait almost a year for them to come out. Something too about making his own videos, an expansion on a long time interest in photography and filmmaking. What came to be was A Light In Demos. Songs were recorded quickly, almost entirely on camera. Songs and videos were developed simultaneously at an unreasonable pace, which gave way to a frenetic energy that Matsson found exhilarating. The Light In Demos helped pave the way for When The Bird Sees The Solid Ground, which expands on the original concept by changing it in a few major ways. This time around songs will also be recorded in the studio allowing them to be properly mixed and mastered, additionally the songs will be released on their own and available wherever you listen to music.
The Tallest Man On Earth is venturing on the When The Bird Sees The Solid Ground Tour in support of the project. The solo shows will take place in select cities worldwide, a complete list of dates is below.
4/20 — Fort Collins, CO — Washington’s
4/21 — Boulder, CO — Bluebird Music Festival @ Macky Auditorium
9/21 — Dortmund, DE — Konzerthaus
9/22 — Berlin, DE — Funkhaus
9/24 — London, UK — Union Chapel
9/25 — London, UK — Union Chapel
9/27 — Antwerp, BE — DeRoma
9/30 — Rotterdam, NL — Rotterdamse Schouwburg
10/1 — Amsterdam, NL — Duif
10/2 — Amsterdam, NL — Duif
10/3 — Groningen, NL — De Stadsschouwburg
10/4 — Copenhagen, DK — Bremen
10/6 — Stockholm, SE — Berwardhallen
10/7 — Goteborg, SE — Draken
10/8 — Oslo, NO — Folketeateret
11/9 — Washington, DC — Lincoln Theatre
11/10 — Philadelphia, PA — Union Transfer
11/11 — Boston, MA — Berklee Performance Center
11/12 — Northampton, MA — Academy of Music Theatre
11/13 — Montreal, QC — MTELUS
11/15 — Toronto, ON — Queen Elizabeth Theater
11/16 — Holland, MI — Hope College
11/17 — Chicago, IL — Thalia Hall
11/18 — Chicago, IL — Thalia Hall
11/19 — Eau Claire, WI — RCU Theatre
11/23 — Vancouver, BC — Chan Centre For The Performing Arts
11/24 — Seattle, WA — Neptune
11/25 — Portland, OR — Revolution Hall
11/27 — San Francisco, CA — Herbst Theatre
11/29 — Los Angeles, CA — Cathedral Sanctuary