Albums Of The Year So Far (pt.1): Featuring Brian Jonestown Massacre, Mighty High, Mid-day Veil, First Aid Kit and more…
2. First Aid Kit – Lion’s Roar (Witchita)
You’d think, given the relative lack of magic in our high-tech world, that the age of the hippie death goddess – those ethereal, ephemeral, ghostly-gliding forest-folkies of yore, the Vashtis, Bonnies, and Emmylous, were no more.
And then, seemingly out of nowhere (if you consider flowery fields in Sweden nowhere. Some might. Mighty High probably would), here’s First Aid Kit, draped in lacy kaftans and topped off with witchy hats, two lovely teenage sisters, full of precocious world-weariness, prenatural sadness, and honey-dripping harmonies.
Sonically speaking, I suppose you’d call it country-folk, but that’s merely an entry point. It seems impossible that music this vintage could be created by girls of such a tender age, but here it is, and it’s just plain gorgeous. I forget everything when I hear this record, which is why I never listen to it while wandering into traffic.
Lion’s Roar suggests an alternate history where we’re not droning our lives away behind computer screens. Instead, we’re sitting around a campfire deep in some enchanted woods, right now, you and I, while two misty-eyed Swedish chicks play acoustic guitars and fill the night with sweet song.