First Aid Kit - Drunken Trees

It’s just struck me that First Aid Kit will be the first musical act I’ve reviewed the members of which are all younger than me. From just outside of Stockholm, sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg (born in 1990 and 1993, respectively) comprise a folk-pop duo of quite significant youth. How often is it that we feel compelled to mention a performer’s age, after all?

Originally released in Sweden in early 2008, this debut EP Drunken Trees is one of the band’s two main claims to fame, the other being their cover of Fleet Foxes’ ‘Tiger Mountain Peasant Song’ which, personally, I can’t help but think has a success far out of scale with its rather meagre quality. As evidenced by this re-release, though, we can happily say that Drunken Trees itself, a fairly-generous-for-an-EP collection of seven songs comprising 25 minutes, is far superior to that ambitious cover. (more…)