Something is in the water in Sweden, man. Roots rock and folk is bustling and alive in the suburbs of Stockholm and the latest product ready for the big time is the sister duo First Aid Kit. Boasting extremely impressive songwriting ability, beautiful voices, and a throwback authentic acoustic folky vibe, they are taking Sweden – and now the rest of the world – by storm. Their sophomore release The Lion’s Roar is currently occupying the #1 chart spot in Sweden. To illustrate how talented they are, it was a label run by electronic group The Knife that snatched them up and signed them in their native country. After seeing them play in Nashville, Jack White approached the sisters to collaborate for a Third Man Records release. Their current single, ‘Emmylou’ is beautiful track laden with brushed snare, pedal steel guitar, and whimsical vocals. As the title suggests, this is a nod to the stylings of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, June Carter, Graham Parsons and Johnny Cash, singing “I’ll be your Emmylou/and I’ll be your June/If you’ll be my Graham/and my Johnny too/no I’m not askin’ much of you/Just sing little darlin’/Sing with me”. Be sure to check these Scandinavian wonderkind out and be sure to look for them on tour near you this Spring!!!
4.5 Stars – Mick Grady