July 5, 2009

The Tallest Man On Earth - Shallow Grave
My Thoughts: Love More (<3)+

I am an enormous fan of Appalachian folk. Get me some Roscoe Holcomb or Bascom Lamar Lundsford or etc. and I'm set for the day. So when an artist seems to be channeling the old spirits, and then drops a reference to a Roscoe Holcomb song, I'm hooked. This is The Tallest Man On Earth. Now, his stuff is a whole heck of a lot more accessable than our 1900's buddies, but it's still got the old timey feelings, which I have to say is a hell of an accomplishment. His guitar and banjo work is stunning and unknowably more complicated that I can tell (i'm not the best for that kind of thing anyway, but it's still spot on). Here's the funny thing: he's Swedish. I'm not familiar with Swedish folk music (yet!), so I don't know why I think he sounds like he'd be a contender with Roscoe and Bascom, and maybe I'm way off ... but I suppose either way the fact that this album is neigh flawless is all that matters. Now if only I wasn't a year behind the times on this one haha

The Tallest Man On Earth - I Won't Be Found
The Tallest Man On Earth - Shallow Grave
The Tallest Man On Earth - The Blizzard's Never Seen The Desert Sands

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