You wouldn't think that the lush, rugged Swedish scenery would give rise to music that seems to evoke a mythical arenaceous American landscape. But for around a decade and a half and over four albums, Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg have done just that as First Aid Kit, fashioning music that seems to owe more to dusty Americana-style vistas than it does to glaciers, snow, and mountain lakes. On each album, the sister's crystalline harmonies and huge heart-swelling choruses have gained them an army of fans, awards and critical acclaim.
The Swedish sisters’ ability to tug on the heartstrings is still very much in evidence on their first record since their debut to be recorded back in their native Stockholm It’s now nearly 15 years since two Swedish teenage sisters calling themselves First Aid Kit covered the Fleet Foxes song Tiger Mountain Peasant Song, uploaded it to YouTube, and quickly found themselves propelled to international stardom. Now in their 30s, Johanna and Klara Söderberg’s sound has inevitably matured somewhat since those early days, and their fifth album demonstrates the extent of their evolution. Palomino is their first record since their debut to be recorded back in their native Stockholm – it’s still a very recognisable First Aid Kit record, but the influences this time around is the classic rock of the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Tom Petty.
Deeply personal and moving, Swedish sister-duo First Aid Kit deliver a vibrant fifth studio album in 'Palomino.' Their most conventionally 'pop' work yet, this pensive album uplifts whilst still offering the sisters' unique blend of folk and Americana . Tracks 'Angel' and 'Ready To Run' share stories of heartbreak and happiness, yet still offer opportunities to dance. Whilst other songs such as 'Turning Onto You' don't particularly inspire and feel somewhat under-produced, the album remains pensive, zesty and delicately crafted .