For the past few weeks I’ve been working on developing an acoustic set for my solo live performances. Ive been paying a lot of attention to what makes a song feel complete when its stripped down to nothing but vocals and acoustic guitar. No overdubs, piano, doubled vocals, strings, effects, etc. I started looking through my music library for songs by some of my favorite artists that I could reference/steal from for inspiration, and (kind-of) to my surprise, a much larger number of tracks than I would have imagined featured extra accompaniment of some kind. I actually found it pretty difficult to make this playlist flow well with the limited amount of music that fit the requirements(no live tracks/bootlegs solo performances allowed). I’m pretty happy with the result though, and I think its a pretty good showcase of just how many different things you can actually do with only one voice and one guitar.
The Tallest Man On Earth – The Gardner
Nick Drake – Road
The Microphones – I Felt Your Shape
Neutral Milk Hotel – Two Headed Boy
Elliott Smith – Pitseleh ( I cheated it has a piano part! it’s one of the few Elliott songs with no guitar overdubs though)
A short while back The Tallest Man On Earth dropped the first single for his sophomore album, The Wild Hunt. Now he’s back, this time with the album opener & title track. The Wild Hunt is due out April 13, 2010 via Dead Oceans.Youcan pre-order / buy the album here , and you definitely should, because its amazing. I’m talking album of the year contender.
Swedish folk hero, Kristian Matsson (aka the tallest man on earth), is releasing his new album ‘The Wild Hunt’ on April 13th. In support of the new record he’ll be touring the US (and Europe). While you’re waiting for him to come to your city, try taking a listen to this here new track from ‘The Wild Hunt. Tour details after the break.
I was exploring the hold steady’s back catalog when I came up on this gem of a song. I’m a huge fan of Craig Finn’s writing. I’d go as far as to say hes one of the 10 best lyricists writing music today. Stripped away of all the loud anthem rock of the hold steady, his voice is something else. Theres a painful/beautiful quality to it that I’m just totally in love with. Couple that with some amazingly sad/beautiful lyrics, and you have one hell of a song.