If you’re at all familiar with Kristian Matsson’s discography, then “Sagres” will sound like a clear departure from the Swedish singer-songwriter’s earlier work. It’s not even a departure, it’s more like a jarring declaration of abandonment. Since his debut full-length, Shallow Grave, was released in 2008, Mattson has slowly orchestrated larger sounds to counteract his unassuming, acoustic early recordings. New instrumentation slipped into the proceeding records like hyper-calculated accents made to seem like an afterthought. 2010’s The Wild Hunt concludes with “Kids On The Run,” the plodding of a lone piano hinting of a bigger sound to come on its follow-up, There’s No Leaving Now. Still, not a single Tallest Man On Earth song as of yet has been as fussy as “Sagres,” the debut single off of Matsson’s fourth LP, Dark Bird Is Home. Listen below.
Dark Bird Is Home is out 5/12 via Dead Oceans.