The Tallest Man on Earth
One more gentle balladeer here in Sweden’s Kristian Matsson AKA The Tallest Man on Earth. Matsson arms himself with an acoustic guitar to channel his obviously Dylan-inspired tunes.
More contemporary artists that Matsson finds himself grouped with include Ben Howard and Mumford and Sons. I Love You. It’s a Fever Dream is The Tallest Man on Earth’s latest album, including the singles The Running Styles of New York and I’m a Stranger Now. Fun fact: the actual tallest man in the world is Sultan Kosen, a Turkish farmer. Probably not as good a songwriter though.
Edinburgh Usher Hall, Nov 3.
It’s been a busy 12 months for Tom Walker, with his single ‘Leave a Light On’ propelling him onto several playlists and into the charts.
He was also named Best Breakthrough Act at the 2019 Brit Awards. Born in Scotland and raised by Glaswegian parents, Walker flits between Scottish and English accents, his Scottish vernacular becoming more prominent when spending time in the country of his birth.
Arguably the most Scottish thing he has done is collaborate with Red Hot Chilli Pipers as they covered ‘Leave a Light On’. He will be looking to become a mainstay in the charts, emulating the likes of Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and George Ezra.
Edinburgh Corn Exchange, Nov 10.
Hunkered down into British hard rock, The Amazons grasp tightly onto the identity of being a guitar band. The indecisive straddling between being a modern band and one that nods back to the garage rock of the 2000s or Britpop in the 90s can at times leave them sounding a little behind the times and anonymous rather than retro or vintage.
That being said, they offer an accessible entry point to the world of long-haired, vest-wearing, general rock in a time where things are a little more moustachioed and craft beer-fuelled. Barrowlands as a venue will suit them great and could even shove them up a few gears, the residue of so many greats seeping into the draught taps, bestirring band and crowd alike.
Glasgow Barrowlands, November 13.
previews by Luke Hawkins