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Girl Crush of the Week: First Aid Kit


I know the stars have aligned when my new fave musical artist also happens to be my new girl crush. It’s like the world wants to make life easy for me and bundles all of my interests into one. Thanks world.

So um First Aid Kit. I’m pretty sure I first heard their musical styling on Sirius XMU’s channel. In a sense, XMU is like the university station equivalent for satellite radio. They play all the songs and bands you’ve never heard of mixed in with songs and bands no one had heard of five years ago that people still aren’t totally familiar with. It’s pretty good.

Anyway, First Aid Kit at first listen sounds like a folksy band that originated somewhere over the rainbow (but probably Montana?) with their twangy, yet semi-familiar chords that will keep you asking for more. But once you delve deeper, you’ll realize that these melodic voices belong to Swedish sisters, Johanna and Klara Soderberg (mentally insert umlaut over the ‘o’ in Soderberg if you will).first-aid-kit-band

The duo graces us with beautifully crafted lyrics paired with references that fit their indie-folk sound: “I’ll be your Emmylou and I’ll be your June if you’ll be my Graham and my Johnny too/No I’m not asking much of you, just sing little darlin’ sing with me.”

I’m not much of a country girl at all, but for some reason their tunes speak to my soul. It’s a refreshing old-school take on Americana. They have perfectly studied country accents which makes me think they have a thing for 50’s country music. That’s cool because I have a thing for babes from Sweden who can sing.

Two of my favorite First Aid Kit songs are “Emmylou” and “Silver Lining“. Click to listen.

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8 thoughts on “Girl Crush of the Week: First Aid Kit

    • Thanks Ben! Don’t get me wrong, I like to listen to some of the top 40 crap on occasion, but it’s just so refreshing to hear stuff that isn’t being overplayed. Sounds like you probably have good taste in music!

  1. “Emmylou” is a breathtaking song. Sweden produces some consistently surprising music. The Shout Out Louds, Jens Lekman, Loney Dear come to mind. A bit twee sometimes, but pleasant, well-crafted pop.

    • I like how up to date you are on the Swedish music scene. I’m afraid I’m only familiar with Abba and Ace of Base. Well, that’s a lie. I like Lykke Li and Robyn but they aren’t too exciting. I’ll check out the bands you mentioned though. The vocalist in Loney Dear gives off a Bell and Sebastian vibe.

  2. Is it safe to say that you are my “girl crush?”
    Thank you for digging deep and showing me (stuck in the 80s) another path to fine music.
    Love the book reviews. I had reconstructive surgery ony ankle last year and all I havd done these past 15 months is read. I am a better person for it., I think.

    • It’s very safe to say that! There is nothing wrong with 80’s music! Some of my favorite tunes emerged from that unforgiving decade.
      Thanks Marya! Wow that sucks about your ankle, but it’s always nice to feel well read. Hope your ankle heals nicely. Miss ya!

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