Album Review – First Aid Kit


First Aid Kit -‘The Lion’s Roar.’ (Wichita)

First Aid Kit are the sisters Klara and and Johanna Söderberg, who first came to prominence when they were only in their teens. This is their second album, the follow-up to 2010’s The Big Black & the Blue.

Though they hail from the southern suburbs of Stockholm, the sisters know their Americana roots. To this end, the album was produced by Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes, and the album’s final track ‘King Of The World’ was co-written by none other than Connor Oberst.

Despite what you might take from the above, there’s none of the excessive Bright Eyes droning on, nor is this country sung in the style of Abba. This album isn’t pioneering, but right from the opening title track, this is a delightfully warm album, that has had several plays already round these parts. And if the chorus of Emmylou doesn’t melt your heart ‘I’ll be your Emmylou and I’ll be your June/And you’ll be my Gram and your Johnny too’ well, you either have no heart and/or know absolutely nothing about country music. But they do also name-check Stockholm in the song, so they do have a sense about where they have came from, geographically as well as musically.

Fancy something different from run of the mill music? Why not give First Aid Kit a listen?


The Lion’s Roar is released by Wichita on January 23.

First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar by Wichita Recordings



PJ Harvey – my artist of the year

…farewell to 2011.

On a personal level, I know that a lot of people have had a tough year. Given that 2009 pretty much brought me to my knees, I sympathise. My highlight of the year has been the birth of my first (and QED so far only) child in March, though inevitably things have been soundtracked pretty continually.

So, if you want a track to soundtrack your night tonight, may I recommend this?

Azealia Banks -‘212.’ mp3

And for tomorrow morning, the title track from a new album out in 2012 that’s been getting a lot of play around 17 Seconds Towers:

First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar by Wichita Recordings

Have a good one. 17 Seconds will be back next year with more music (new and old) and much more besides…