“With all this fever in my mind, I could drown in your kerosene eyes. You’re just a riddle in the sky. Oh where do my bluebirds fly?”

It’s fair to assume the songs Kristian Matsson sings on his latest LP, “Shallow Graves,” were written by a master wordsmith from 40 years past.

But you’d be wrong.

I’m no music historian, but of what little I know of the man, I can’t help but compare the songwriting to that of Bob Dylan. The music is sparse, seldom more than an acoustic guitar or a banjo. These are a set of haunted American campfire tales, sung by a Swede with a voice somewhere between Dylan and David Gray.

At the end of the day, I can’t stop playing these songs. Have a listen for yourself. Check out my favorite two tracks:

Where Do My Bluebirds Fly

The Gardner

And here’s a Youtube clip of Kristian performing “It Will Follow the Rain

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