First Aid Kit

John Moose – Vilan

by Woody on July 21, 2014

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I recently caught a First Aid Kit show and it was fantastic. I suppose that makes me an expert in Swedish music. Coincidentally, I received an email from Swedish folk act, John Moose, and enjoyed the tracks. Here’s what they had to say. Enjoy.

John Moose is a band with its roots in the woods of Värmland, Sweden. During the last couple of years we have been writing, recording and producing songs for our upcoming debut album. It has resulted in a conceptual album that emphasizes the human ambivalence between nature and civilisation.

The name of the band comes from the fictional leading character that plays the part of the storyteller in our music. The lyrics are describing John’s fate in this tug-of-war where he decides to leave civilisation for absolute isolation.

The first song that we have chosen to release is also the only song with lyrics in Swedish. It is one of the last tracks on the album and it takes place in the final stage of the history of John Moose. The song is written, recorded and produced by John Moose. The video is made in cooperation with the photographer Benjamin Goss and Kristoffer Andrén.

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John Moose isn’t on Twitter. Their website is here if you want any more info

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As I discussed in my post about Pony Boy, I get revved up every time I see a reference to The Outsiders. Combine that with a band that I love, and it is too much for me to take.

HearYa has been enamored with First Aid Kit since seeing them cover Fleet Foxes way back when. Their debut, Big Black And The Blue gave Oz his first “Holy Shit” moment of 2010. I was lucky enough to be enough to be in the studio working the camera when they did a HearYa session in 2011. Ghost Town remains one of the favorite tracks we’ve ever done. HearYa was part of legion of fans becoming enamored with the Swedish sisters.

From there it was the amazing follow-up in The Lion’s Roar, fame and hopefully fortune. Now they are with Columbia records for their third effort, Stay Gold. Stay Gold was produced by Mike Mogis. Based on the lead track, My Silver Lining, this is going to be an effort that goes for a big sound; and nails it.

Our full session with First Aid Kit can be found here.

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First Aid Kit – Wow!! I mean wow!!!

by Woody on September 22, 2012

First Aid Kit is having quite the good year. Their album The Lion’s Roar is selling like hotcakes, their live show keeps getting great reviews and now they are covering musical royalty. Any time you cover one of music’s greatest voices and he subsequently stands up to give you a standing ovation; I’m going to call that a win. Bonus points since Paul Simon was wearing a tux. Double bonus points because Edie Brickell is slackjawed midway through the tune.

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The problem with First Aid Kit is that their singing is so damn good that you’ll overlook their equally good songwriting.  The album opens with this verse on its title track:

Now the pale morning sings of forgotten things
She plays a tune for those who wish to overlook
the fact that they’ve been blindly deceived
By those who preach and pray and teach
But she falls short and the night explodes in laughter.

I fell in love with the debut album released by these Swedish sisters in 2010, but I was very nervous before listening to their sophomore release. In The Big Black & The Blue I could hear the commercial appeal in their look and sound, so in listening to The Lion’s Roar, I pressed play and squinted my eyes, waiting for impact. Other recent artists (not naming names) started with similar successful debuts and then followed with a change in direction that had their original fan base scratching their head. So the moment of truth – Are First Aid Kit heading into pop territory to grab the bubble gum teenie bop fans and their mothers?

I shouldn’t have second guessed First Aid Kit. Sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg delivered an album that trumps its triumphant debut and opens with two songs, the title track and Emmylou, that will be two of the best songs released on any album this year. My guilt really set in when first hearing “Emmylou,” a song that name drops American Country heroes:

I’ll be your Emmylou and I’ll be your June
If you’ll be my Gram and my Johnny too
No, I’m not asking much of you
Just sing, lit tle darling, sing with me

If more women in their teens and early twenties listened to Gram Parsons and Johnny Cash, the word “Snooki” may never have been uttered outside of Jersey and our vernacular and world would be better off.

Other favorites of mine are the heartbreaking “This Old Routine,” “To A Poet” and “Dance To Another Tune” all sung with perfection and infused with heavy emotions and a dash of darkness. But “I Found a Way” and “King of the World” lighten up the mood, the latter of which includes The Felice Brothers and Connor Oberst. In fact, The Lion’s Roar was recorded with producer Mike Mogis (of Bright Eyes and Monster Of Folk; producer of Cursive, Lightspeed Champion, Pete Yorn, and many others) in Omaha, NE and included a cast of Omaha-based musicians.

It’s the collaboration with these musicians – a full band – that takes The Lion’s Roar leaps ahead of it’s debut. It’s the songs and the ladies behind them that will make this one of the finest albums in 2012. With talent like this, I think First Aid Kit will manage to stay true to the music they love while also finding masses of adoring fans. You’ll find two videos below and if you like what you hear, jump over to download tracks from our live session with First Aid Kit.

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First Aid Kit reveal second single, Emmylou [Music Video]

January 11, 2012

First Aid Kit have their sophomore album, The Lion’s Roar, coming out on January 24th. I listened to the album all weekend and can attest to its incredibleness. Not a real word, but whatever. “Emmylou” is the second video released and watch your toes. It’s a namedropper. I’ll have a full review of the record […]

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First Aid Kit release video for The Lion’s Roar

November 1, 2011

We posted a stream to the single a bit ago, but First Aid Kit now have a video for the first single, “The Lion’s Roar,” from their upcoming sophomore LP with the same name. The Lion’s Roar will be released on January 24th via Wichita Recordings. Tweet

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First Aid Kit unveil The Lion’s Roar [Dear god, you must listen to this]

October 13, 2011

Swedish sibling folk rock act, First Aid Kit, are releasing their second album entitled The Lion’s Roar on January 24th, 2012. I fell in love with their debut, The Big Black and The Blue, and was blown away by their vocals in our live session. Keep this between us, but I was secretly very nervous […]

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First Aid Kit, Live Session #85

March 15, 2011

First Aid Kit are giving me goosebumps. “Ghost Town” was one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite discoveries of 2010 and hearing the live session version gave me chills all over. Their debut album, The Big Black And The Blue, turned all sorts of heads in the States and overseas. While I […]

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First Aid Kit – Ghost Town [New Video]

September 20, 2010

I professed my love for First Aid Kit the other day. The Swedish sisters just released a video for their stellar song “Ghost Town.” Still hard to believe that these two aren’t even twenty years old. Tweet

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First Aid Kit – The Big Black And The Blue [Album Review]

September 15, 2010

First Aid Kit delivered my first “Holy shit!” moment of the year. Its a rare experience to get floored when receiving an album from an unknown band. It happened with Joe Pug when I received his Nation of Heat EP in 2008 and now again with the arrival of First Aid Kits The Big Black […]

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