Thursday, 22 March 2012 00:00


Klara and Johanna are the sisters Soderberg, from the southern suburb of Enskede, Stockholm. The amazing story arcing from composing a song as teenagers for a demo tape in 2007, to playing stages around the world in 2012, is an example of how amazing the Internet can be. As First Aid Kit, their true and beautiful talent began having people take notice with the posting of their Youtube clip, a cover of 'Tiger Mountain Peasant Song'. This three minute gift to the Fleet Foxes from the sisters, then 15 and 18 years old, is an incredible thing to see and hear. Those harmonies seem impossible to come from anyone so young, but the talent is clearly there and it's little wonder they had a contract with Rabid Records partly owned by fellow Swedes The Knife, just twelve months later. Their first release, the EP Drunken Trees was re-released a year later by London's Wichita Records, and their star was well on the rise. The Big Black & The Blue debuted as their first album two years ago and the girls' played a massive world tour taking in around 100 shows.

The Lion's Roar is their latest offering, and the harmonies have never sounded better. Mike Mogis, of Bright Eyes has produced, and the result is a gorgeous, richly instrumented jewel of a listen. Title track, 'The Lion's Roar' begins the LP and the Americana sounding Swedish sung vocals launch skyward, "Now the pale mornings of forgotten things, She plays a tune for those who wish to overlook, The fact that they have been blindly deceived, By those who preach and pray and teach, But she falls short and the night explodes in laughter". 'Emmylou' follows and sounds deeply rooted in old time America, it's joyous and powers along, an ode to country music legends Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons and Johnny Cash. I'm not asking much of you, Just sing a little darlin', Sing with me" goes the chorus, pure country pop, and pure bliss to behold. 'Blue' is triumphant with its cruising bass-line and glittering glockenspiel and tight production, while 'To A Poet' is more stripped back, a bare and spartan track sandwiched amongst the denser songs either side. 

'Dance to Another Tune' is breezy and folky, followed by 'New Years Eve' a more rollicking track which is perhaps a tribute to Joni Mitchell. If First Aid Kit haven't won you over (especially if you're not a fan, or are slightly afraid of ,'country infused' music), the last track 'King Of The World' can only change all that. The whole album has an uptempo, positive energy around it, and it all seems to come together harmoniously on this final track. Conor Oberst makes a grand appearance in this raucous shindig of a track. "I'm nobodies baby, I'm everybody's girl, I'm the queen of nothing, I'm the king of the world", it's a perfect way to round off Lion's Roar. 

As the girls sing on 'Emmylou', "I'm not asking much of you, Just sing a little darlin', Sing with me" this album is not ultra-reflective, existential or rocket science. It just wants you to sit back and enjoy the hayride. And it's one well worth taking.

-Dave Roberts, March 22, 2012 

Tiger Mountain Peasant Song (Fleet Foxes cover)

First Aid Kit (SWE)

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First Aid Kit (SWE)
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March 24, 2015


Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress

Godspeed! You Black Emperor Facebook


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1. Peasantry Or 'Light! Inside Of Light'
2. Lambs' Breath
3. Asunder, Sweet
4. Piss Crowns Are Trebled


March 24, 2015


Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

Courtney Barnett Official

Milk! / Marathon Artists / Mom + Pop

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1. Elevator Operator
2. Pedestrian At Best
3. An Illustration Of Loneliness (Sleepless In NY)
4. Small Poppies
5. Depreston
6. Aqua Profunda!
7. Dead Fox
8. Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party
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10. Kim's Caravan
11. Boxing Day Blues


March 17,  2015



Hand Drawn Dracula

Etiquette Facebook

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1. Pleasantries
2. Brown And Blue
3. Attention Seeker
4. Sleep To Wake
5. Twinkling Stars
6. Promises
7. On And On
8. Outside in
9. Island

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March 10, 2015


Ripe 4 Luv

Slumberland Records

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1. Crushing Sensation - VIDEO
2. Ripe 4 Luv
3. Crawling Back To You
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8. Wrong Crowd (feat. Jef Barbera)


March 3, 2015



P.W. Elverum & Sun Ltd.

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1. Sauna
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February 24, 2015


No Cities To Love

Sub Pop

Sleater-Kinney Official

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February 17, 2015



Ghost Records

Casa Del Mirto Facebook

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February 10, 2015


Natalie Prass


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1. My Baby Don't Understand Me
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February 3, 2015


On Your Own Love Again

Drag City

Jessica Pratt Label Page

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January 27th, 2015


Viet Cong

Flemish Eye / Jagjaguwar

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1. Newspaper Spoons
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