Swedish storytellers Johanna and Klara Söderberg, a.k.a. sister folk duo First Aid Kit, are back with their third album, Stay Gold, and you won't be able to turn off its harmony-rich, dark country melodies. Press play below to preview it before its June 10 release.
It's been two years since First Aid Kit's acclaimed sophomore album, The Lion's Roar, and six since the sisters' YouTube video covering Fleet Foxes' "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" got them noticed in the U.S. With this new album, it's clear their trajectory is continuing upward.
Recorded at ARC Studios in Omaha, Stay Gold was produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley, Jenny Lewis). The Omaha Symphony Orchestra played on the record, with arrangements by Nate Walcott (also Bright Eyes and Rilo Kiley, as well as Broken Bells), making for a richer, fuller sound than the previous two albums, which mostly focused on the sisters, solo.
While listening to Stay Gold, the Söderberg sisters lure you in with their beautiful harmonies and radio-friendly appeal, but their songwriting reveals a darker hue underneath all that catchiness. Just in their early 20s, Johanna and Klara give voice to lyrics born of old souls. "I don't know if I'm scared of dying, but I'm scared of living too fast, too slow," they sing on the album's first single, "My Silver Lining." On the second single, "Cedar Lane," they sing, "The place we belong is quietly gone, while we were making plans, it drifted away."
Listen closely to the new album and you'll find it comes straight from lonely, independent hearts. One way or another, the Söderberg sisters are singing their own brand of love song.
Pre-order the album on iTunes. First Aid Kit has two Canadian stops, in both Toronto and Montreal. Check the dates here.
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