First Aid Kit Review: Stay Gold

First Aid Kit

Stay Gold

First Aid Kit Stay Gold review

There must be some Tennessee moonshine or something in the water over in Sweden, because for some strange reason, multiple Swedish acts are doing Americana and Nashville country better than Americans themselves. First there was Tallest Man on Earth, aka Swede Kristian Mattson, who has the voice of a Tennessee coal miner and a heart of gold. Now there is First Aid Kit, the brilliant sister duo of Johanna and Klara Söderberg, who broke out when Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes fame was blown away by the sisters’ YouTube performance of “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” and promoted it on the Fleet Foxes site. Then the band further blew up upon their second album The Lion’s Roar, which somehow delivered the Nashville country sound (and even referenced it on “EmmyLou”) with the help of producer and Monsters of Folk member Mike Mogis. Now comes Stay Gold, another record produced by Mogis, which further pretties up and captures the unique beauty of the Soderberg sister’s voices.
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LxListening: The Time is Nigh

We are inching closer to our end of the year lists.  It’s really just a month or so away until we release the definitive account of the year in music, including albums, songs, and new artists.  With that in mind, I want to recognize more artists who have made a mark on 2012.  I hope everyone enjoys these five songs we put out most Fridays, but more than anything I like to use these lists just as much for myself.  It is convenient to have a record of what music we were enjoying at particular moments during the year.  I can look back to a LxListening post from early in the year and refresh my memory as to why I liked a certain track or was digging a certain artist.  It’s kind of like Todd’s sex journal, only instead of trying to refresh his memory to figure out who gave him the clap, I identify certain moods or trends in my musical tastes.  After that tasteless jab, I have no choice but to press on and give you five more tracks to brighten your Friday.
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