First Aid Kit - Drunken Trees EP (Wichita)
12 Mar 2009
"first aid kit hail from sweden and comprise of sisters johanna and klara soderberg. somewhat frighteningly, they were born in 1990 and 1993 respectively, which almost makes me want to cry..."; release - '09
The latest Wichita signing and an interesting one at that, First Aid Kit hail from Sweden and comprise of sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg. Somewhat frighteningly, they were born in 1990 and 1993 respectively, which almost makes me want to cry.
Anyway, enough of the self-pity, and what better way to forget how fast life is passing you by than with a glorious mixture of completely charming and fait pop songs? The record sleeve suggests that the likes of Bright Eyes, Cohen and Dylan were the primary influences here, and this is certainly apparent, particularly in the case of the former of these three. Their youth shines through in a sound that almost epitomises innocence, it's almost as if their instruments were purchased at the Early Learning Centre (not that it doesn't sound darn good).
Setting out their stall firmly in the alt-folk department, their songs bristle with a naivety that many artists try to impersonate but struggle to carry off , and this isn't just a product of their tender years, there is a genuine talent here. Some of the melodies are distinguished and complex to the extent that the likes of Joanna Newsom would be proud to have created them.
A small but perfectly formed collection of songs, from the gentle drums to the richly textured vocal, these girls are on to a winner, the only thing they need to worry about is ensuring that they progress and don't burn out too quickly (Smoosh, anyone?).
A delicate success, not bad for a record played on Fisher-Price instruments.