Thursday, October 1, 2009

Simple Beautiful: Swedish Sisters 15 and 17 (Pure Folk)


It's the blending vocal harmonies that really do it for me!
from Source:
First Aid Kit is a Swedish duo formed by sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg from Enskede, a suburb south of Stockholm. They're young - very young. Klara is 15 and Johanna 17. The music they create could, however, hardly be called young, it's rather ancient. The emphasis is on narrative lyrics accompanying playful melodies with intense, thick harmonies. This is nothing new.

The musical journey of Klara and Johanna began, as so many others have, with singing karaoke to various pop songs that leaked into their childhood home. It was Britney, Christina and so on. Nevertheless, they turned away from their earlier musical path a few years later, when they discoverd music that could touch them in a way completley new to them. An entry to this new way of experiencing music came with Bright Eyes, the alias of singer/songwriter Conor Oberst, Leonard Cohen and Mr. Dylan to name a few. Klara almost describes her first encounter with the song "First Day of My Life" by the earlier mentioned Bright Eyes as a revelation.

Now authenticity and honesty was put in first place - and consequently that was what came to characterize the music the two sisters produced. At 13, Klara was given a guitar that she barely touched the first year. But when the basic chords could be played somewhat correctly, the first lyrics, melodies and harmonies came quite quickly. Then came another song. And another. And another. Then when these songs were published on Myspace, it resulted in positive response from near and far. Then came offers concerning contracts and gigs. And now following that path, First Aid Kit has proudly released their first record, "Drunken Trees" on the 9th of April on Rabid Records featuring seven self produced songs and a self designed cover.
these American tour dates announced so far:
20/10/09 Joe's Pub New York
23/10/09 Webster Hall New York
27/10/09 Spaceland Los Angeles
posted by Markos!

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