The Wild Hunt
Label: Dead Oceans
Scandinavia might seem like an odd place for an Americana and country-folk scene to exist, yet the region has churned out more than its fair share of pickers and storytellers since the original folk revival. Multi-instrumentalist Kristian Matsson is a wily indie-folkie with a frog's croak that calls to mind Woody Guthrie filtered through Deer Tick's John McCauley. The Wild Hunt, as with its predecessor Shallow Grave, is a collection of scratchy rustica whose constant backdrop is the Swedish countryside. It's there that Matsson is to be found, a troubadour in search of meaning, love and home.