Released: 11th June 2012
Label: Dead Oceans
There’s No Leaving Now is the new album from Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson, also known as The Tallest Man On Earth. Ever since the release of 2010’s The Wild Hunt, Matsson’s acoustic ability and vocal rawness has captivated me enough for him to become one of my favourite artists around today. The Wild Hunt is a great album that was followed with a very nice EP titled Sometimes The Blues Is Just A Passing Bird, and it seems that Matsson’s scored a hat trick of great releases with this new album.
The instrumentations sound fleshed out this time around, and given a few layers added on to help expand the skill of Matsson’s abilities. While this slightly detracts away from the vocals, it is a welcome change and a nice, steady progression into the sound of The Tallest Man On Earth. The production as always sounds phenomenal and the songs all flow extremely well against eachother.
1904 is still the highlight of There’s No Leaving Now for me, it sounds most like a track from The Wild Hunt-era, and it’s optimistic guitar chords and innocent lead diddy compliments it really well. It’s also here that Matsson’s best vocals are too, the passion behind his voice and the high pitch parts sounds simply amazing. There’s No Leaving Now is full of vocal hooks, though it’s pretty impossible to not become hooked on every word Matsson’s sings with his unique voice anyway.
There’s No Leaving Now is a fantastic album. It displays how comfortable Matsson is with this sound, and how well he has managed to craft songs out of it. It has a steady progression from The Wild Hunt and the EP, but it’s yet another great release from The Tallest Man On Earth, also known as The Most Consistent Man On Earth.