The thing that sticks with you about Kristian Matsson—who's recorded as The Tallest Man On Earth since releasing an EP of same name in 2006—has always been this: his complex and often melancholy lyrics provide a direct, fascinating contrast to their breezy, simple acoustic backdrops. Matsson's unique voice makes this strange balance even more potent. His raw and nasally tone is filled with vulnerability and imperfection. Darting around soft backgrounds, it's able to define the mood and direction of his. His cover of Paul Simon's "Graceland" lends a new emotional dimension to a song that's been covered a ton already.
Matsson makes gentle folk strums into much more, and what would feel like altogether dark and jaded numbers in someone else's hands into intricate, optimistic portraits. His most recent track, "Weather of a Killing Kind," falls under the latter category. "Weather" starts out upbeat and mellow, but quickly paints a dour landscape that builds until Matsson croons the unlikely chorus Now there is something in the water/ There is a weather of a killing kind. Matsson shows a knack for forming repeated choruses out of pretty unorthodox lines such as these, effectively creating memorable hooks that deepen his narratives. The title to his 2010 EP, Sometimes The Blues Is Just A Passing Bird, spawned from one of these unlikely, repeated lines within standout track "The Dreamer".
In the lyrics of "Weather of a Killing Kind," Matsson paints an ominous picture of a man, at turns both literal and metaphorical. The visuals are emotionally haunting—Matsson sings, I drink for something when I'm nothing/ I drink for nothing when it's gone. But there's an underlying hopefulness to his voice, and it guides you along. "Weather Of A Killing Kind" is the latest in the Adult Swim's 2011 Singles Program. Stream it below or download the track from Adult Swim here for free.