Monday, 9 March 2009

New Music: First Aid Kit

There seems to be something truly magical afoot in Stockholm of late. Maybe there’s something in the schnapps (sorry readers), we’re not sure. What we do know, is that Stockholm is fast becoming the place to find super-talented, wise-beyond-their-years, teenage lady music makers.

Our first case in point then is Those Dancing Days, purveyors of some of the best Northern-Soul-inspired indie-pop music in recent years. Admittedly they disappointed with their début album In Our Space Hero Suits back in October of last year, but we haven’t given up on the full-of-beans fivesome just yet.

Next in line we have First Aid Kit, a Swedish duo comprising sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, born in 1990 and 1993 respectively (Helen Of Troy... isn’t ashamed to admit that we were watching Byker Grove and dreaming of our first alcopops when these two were but a mere glint in their parents' eyes). Musically, they couldn’t be more different to TDD, but they are just as engaging.

You’re Not Coming Home Tonight, taken from their début EP Drunken Trees, is not only a nod to Bright Eyes, but also a fine example of stripped-down country-infused folk at its best. Jagadamba You Might, also featured on the aforementioned EP, is at once bewitching and sublime. Whilst the rockier Cross River Oceans sees the melodic Swedish sisters step things up a gear.

Enchanting folk melodies sated with crisp haunting harmonies and evocative melancholic lyrics, this is truly magical stuff.

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