Monday, June 29, 2015

Style Inspiration: First Aid Kit

Johanna and Klara Soderberg of First Aid Kit -- of their band name, they said it represents music at a means of consolation: a "First Aid Kit for the soul."

Swedish folk duo and sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg make beautiful, melodious music in their band First Aid Kit. You may have seen them recently on one of the final episodes of The David Letterman Show playing a gorgeous rendition of one of Dave's favorite tunes, Simon & Garfunkel's "America," (a cover they have actually played for Paul Simon, to a standing ovation by the man himself). They look like they belong at Woodstock, with their flower child style and ethereal harmonies, which put them on the map back on 2008 with their YouTube cover of the Fleet Fox's song "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song."

First Aid Kit performs "Emmylou," for the song's inspiration, Emmylou Harris at the 2015 Polar Music Prize.

Despite their country and folk music sensibilities, they admit they did not grow up with country music at all and for their latest album, Stay Gold, were influenced by the tastes of their friend and fellow musician Conor Oberst, citing Townes Van Zandt and Gram Parsons as influences for the record. Oberst himself had an influence on the sisters at a young age:  "I heard the Bright Eyes song 'The First Day of My Life', and it was a revelation," Klara says. "I felt like, 'This is it, this is music.'" (Source)

They are currently touring all summer, see if you can catch them here.

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