Who are they? First Aid Kit! And aren’t they cute? Eric’s going to need a first aid kit for his heart! (I’m so clever…)
I’ve been really slacking on my reviews lately. I need to sit down and write some album reviews, but recently I haven’t had enough time or emotional energy for that (story of my life). Also, my job pretty much equals staring at a computer screen all day. I know, I know, no excuses. I will write some bonafide album reviews ASAP. In the meantime, I am trying desperately not to let you down.
So, for tonight, another EP I cannot purchase on iTunes because it is Swedish. So I will see what I can do on Amazon. But for now, check out First Aid Kit’s myspace. They aim for the hearts, not the charts! And that, my friends, is the best thing a band can do. Writing and playing good music also helps.
First Aid Kit is a lovely indie folk two-piece: sisters Klara and Johanna Soderberg. You’ll be charmed at the first acoustic lilt of “You’re Not Coming Home Tonight,” especially as the girls’ voices blend into lovely, melancholic harmonies. Klara and Johanna’s voices are an awesome combination of playful, rich passion, and their cover of Fleet Foxes’ “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” shows this off beautifully, especially at the end with “I don’t know what I have done, I’m turning myself into a demon.” Honestly, I like the Fleet Foxes and everything, and even though they are overrated, I understand why they are–because they’re creative and wonderful, obviously–but I like First Aid Kit’s cover better than the original. They downplay the acoustics and emphasize the vocals, which are strong and full of character. If you haven’t already noticed, I really love when singers know how to use their voices in creative ways, almost as actors. Maybe this comes from studying classical music for so long, but in any case, it reflects the singer’s own passion, talent, and all in all just makes them a whole lot more interesting to listen to. You can hear another example of this in “Jagadamba You Might”–the girls’ moody ooh’s and aah’s lead into almost-scat, and still fit the eery folk perfectly. Finally, “Cross Oceans” is not to be forgotten, with its rhythm-based acoustics. Despite the moodiness of their tracks, something about First Aid Kit is still uplifting.
If you don’t already love Swedish music, start here. I know I’ll be keeping my eyes out for First Aid Kit to be more readily available in the States. For now, here’s the Fleet Foxes cover. Leave your comments and let us know what you think–better than the original?