10 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Moving away from the heavy themes of 2015’s Dark Bird Is Home—during which he lost a close relative and went through a divorce—the Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson reflects on his solitude through spare acoustic folk. Matsson tells himself that “things will be fine” over brisk strums on “Hotel Bar,” setting the scene with a somber piano arrangement. Simple depictions of rural life enhance the airy, harmonica-led “Waiting for My Ghost” and “There’s a Girl,” both of which capture the homespun simplicity of his first two albums, Shallow Grave and The Wild Hunt. “I’ve been thinking about the mystery as I’m driving here through it all,” he wonders on the haunting title track, determined to find his way as he roams.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Moving away from the heavy themes of 2015’s Dark Bird Is Home—during which he lost a close relative and went through a divorce—the Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson reflects on his solitude through spare acoustic folk. Matsson tells himself that “things will be fine” over brisk strums on “Hotel Bar,” setting the scene with a somber piano arrangement. Simple depictions of rural life enhance the airy, harmonica-led “Waiting for My Ghost” and “There’s a Girl,” both of which capture the homespun simplicity of his first two albums, Shallow Grave and The Wild Hunt. “I’ve been thinking about the mystery as I’m driving here through it all,” he wonders on the haunting title track, determined to find his way as he roams.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

thicccnicck ,

Unreal

It’s rare where you find an artist that can bring you such strong emotions like this

greenmutt ,

Folk therapy

Kristian Matsson is a do it yourself musician. He is now publishing under his own label, recording and mixing his own music. I fell in love with this album on YouTube in the When the Bird sees the Solid Ground and the Light in videos. Of course I was happy to hear some brand new songs as well; I’ll Be a Sky has been on repeat in my car for about a month. Maybe I’ll get tired of it, but maybe not.

Van Gogh-Yellow ,

I’ve always bought his albums solely for...

...the man’s guitar playing. His finger work is AMAZING. I never particularly enjoyed the whine he put into his singing voice though. In this album however, he’s brought his tone down a couple notches and tempered his voice a bit. It sounds so good.

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