To wrap up World Cafe's Sense Of Place visit to Stockholm, we talked with the charming Swedish folk-pop duo First Aid Kit in Philadelphia just last week. Sisters Klara and Johanna Soderburg sat down to discuss their impression of Stockholm growing up right outside of it — including early busking excursions to the city to finance new hair color.
Today we have a lengthy conversation with The Tallest Man on Earth, the stage name for Swedish artist Kristian Matsson, as our Sense of Place visit to Stockholm continues. Matsson started making folk-inspired music on his own in 2006, recording by himself and giving charismatic one-man performances. He added instruments and other players for the first time on his new album, Dark Bird Is Home, expanding the sonic possibilities.
Our former World Cafe: Next artists Small Feet are our guests as part of our Sense of Place — Stockholm series. Songwriter Simon Stålhamre, who leads the band, has been making music from an early age, but he only recently got the courage to make his first album, From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean.
Peter Bjorn and John, the band that brought whistling back to pop music with their 2006 hit "Young Folks" and its award-winning video, are our first guests as our Sense of Place visit to Stockholm begins. This session was recorded at X-Level studio in Stockholm with our World Cafe travel adventurers in attendance. The band has not released a new album in four years and is still in the midst of writing a new one, making this live performance even more exciting.
Tall Tales and the Silver Lining is an LA band centered on the songwriting and vision of Trevor Beld Jimenez. The band achieves a barefoot, breezy looseness with their music, and it makes sense that Jimenez has a love for the LA music scene of the 1970s. This comes through on Tightropes, the albumreleased earlier this year, especially with Jimenez's clear, wandering voice.
Although it sure sounds it, nothing the New Orleans roots band The Deslondes does is easy. It's not easy to seamlessly play such a variety of music, from country to R&B and everything in between — and it's certainly not easy to have five singers and writers in one band and to operate as a collective.