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First Aid Kit — Stay Gold (2014)

First Aid Kit ... Stay Gold (2014) First Aid Kit — Stay Gold                                                         ⇓⇑         Swedish Blood, American Hearts
2007 in Enskede, Sweden

Location: Sweden
Album release: June 10, 2014
Record Label: Columbia / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainmen
Duration:     38:31
01 My Silver Lining     3:36
02 Master Pretender     3:48
03 Stay Gold     4:11
04 Cedar Lane     4:44
05 Shattered & Hollow     4:05
06 The Bell     3:29
07 Waitress Song     4:04
08 Fleeting One     3:14
09 Heaven Knows     3:19
10 A Long Time Ago     4:01
•   Ben Brodin  Assistant Engineer, Mellotron, Vibraphone
•   Will Clifton  Bass (Upright)
•   Judy Divis  Viola
•   Phyllis Duncan  Violin
•   Tracy Dunn  Violin
•   Leslie Fagan  Flute, Flute (Alto)
•   Dan Fletcher  Violin
•   Susanna Gilmore  Violin
•   Jeffery King  Violin
•   John Klinghammer  Clarinet, Clarinet (Bass)
•   Thomas Kluge  Viola
•   Neil Krug  Photography
•   Paul Ledwon  Cello
•   Niclas Lindström  Drums, Percussion
•   Mike Mogis  Autoharp, Bass, Dulcimer, Engineer, Guitar (Ac.), Guitar (El.), Mandolin, Marxophone, Mixing, Pedal Steel, Percussion, Producer, Programming
•   Keith Plenert  Violin
•   Frank Seligman  Violin
•   Brian Sherwood  Viola
•   Scott Shoemaker  Violin
•   Anna Söderberg  Percussion
•   Benkt Söderberg  Bass, Percussion
•   Isak Söderberg  Percussion
•   Johanna Söderberg  Autoharp, Composer, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals
•   Klara Söderberg  Composer, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
•   E.E. Storey  Artwork, Layout
•   Tim Strang  Cello
•   Doug Van Sloun  Mastering
•   Nathaniel Walcott  Organ, Piano, Piano (Electric), Trumpet
•   Juliet Yoshida  Violin
First listen Review:
by STEPHEN THOMPSON, June 01, 201411:03 PM ET
•   Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg first made their names with feather-light chamber~folk confections that echoed the soaring sweetness of Fleet Foxes. A cover of that band’s Tiger Mountain Peasant Song even helped launch the then~teenagers to YouTube fame back in 2008. But in 2014, styles have changed and so have the Söderbergs: First Aid Kit’s major~label debut, Stay Gold, moves well beyond the portentous prettiness of the pair’s 2012 breakthrough, The Lion’s Roar.
•   The music is lighter on its feet and less haunting, but the lyrics have picked up some additional heft along the way: “I’d rather be broken than empty / I’d rather be shattered than hollow,” the Söderbergs sing in a particularly barren moment from “Shattered & Hollow.” Their vocals still ring out sweetly, but there’s a welcome edge to their delivery throughout the record that digs deep. Even when a song like “The Bell” never accelerates beyond a lightly lilting amble, there’s potency to it.
•   First Aid Kit could have easily gotten stuck in a sullen rut, opting for stately beauty over the versatility showcased here. But Stay Gold is a statement of staying power; a collection of bright, smart, substantial songs that stick around. By the time the Söderbergs rustle up a bit of countrified rowdiness in “Heaven Knows” — a sure set~closer at the band’s concerts for years to come — they’ve fully reset expectations. First Aid Kit’s music has always been charming, but the duo has found the capacity to thrill, too. Fortaken: http://www.npr.org/
Artist Biography by Andrew Leahey
•   First Aid Kit are a Swedish duo comprised of sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, whose vocal harmonies and woodsy, folk~influenced songwriting take influence from the likes of Fleet Foxes and Joanna Newsom. Hailing from suburban Enskede, the siblings began composing songs as young teenagers in 2007. The home~recorded „Tangerine“ enjoyed airplay on Swedish radio later that summer, and the debut EP Drunken Trees helped expand the girls’ audience upon its release in April 2008. The London~based Wichita Records reissued Drunken Trees one year later, bolstering its track list with a reverent Fleet Foxes cover and three additional songs performed live in a Swedish forest. The duo then set to work on a full~length album, balancing schoolwork with the recording sessions. The Big Black & the Blue was released in 2010, followed by Lion’s Roar in early 2012.

First Aid Kit — Stay Gold (2014)