After posting some videos online in 2008, including a much-lauded cover of Fleet Foxes' "Tiger Peasant Mountain Song" with some woodsy acoustics, the young duo found themselves on stage and in studio. Inspired by a long list of folk greats old and new, including Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Bright Eyes, Joanna Newsom, and Fleet Foxes, they're now on their sophomore release.
The melancholic and storied "The Lion's Roar" was produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, The Faint, Rilo Kiley, Rachael Yamagata, and too many more to count), and the ten track collection includes contributions from Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and The Felice Brothers. "The Lion's Roar" presents an expanded First Aid Kit sound, incorporating more orchestral folk and echoing choral arrangements. The focus is thankfully still on the pure, gorgeous harmonizing of the sisters. Given somber lyrics contrasted with cheerful melodies, "The Lion's Roar" is bittersweet. The sisters confess this is their favorite type of music. "Making the melodies and lyrics head in different directions is very deliberate," explains big sister Johanna, describing a track from "The Lion's Roar". "A song like ‘Emmylou’ sounds cheerful, but the lyrics are the saddest thing you ever heard."
Listen to them play live, including the song "Wold" inspired by Canadian singer-songwriter Buffy St. Marie.
THE LION'S ROAR
Recent Release: The Lion's Roar
Release Date: January 24, 2012
Label: Wichita Records
Band Origin: Stockholm, Sweden