Friday, 20 March 2015

First Aid Kit "America" (2015)

Considering their album "Stay Gold" was my favorite record of 2014 its no surprise I got excited for more with the announcement of this short EP back in January. I set myself up for disappointment with this 4 track release which offered just one new song along side a humbling cover and two alternate takes from the full length. Extended plays are a two edged sword, either a shorter concept or a collection of outtakes, in this case in was the latter.

The opening track is a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's classic "America", a gracious cover of which Klara's comforting voice elevates the originals quieter moments in a honorable cover that expands on the original, yet doesn't have the same charm, as you could expect most covers to do so. The next two are alternate takes with weaker backing tracks that don't sound or feel as fleshed out as the album versions and fail to offer much more other than a softer alternative to the powerful songs. The new song, Brother, is a humble poem of family and staying close that has the two singing over very gentle guitar and soft keys before climaxing with some beautifully sung Swedish lyrics, a nice touch to hear them sing in their native tongue.

Overall its a small collection of b-sides that wouldn't amount to much in comparison of a full length, but the cover and new track do have the First Aid Kit charm and will be returned to time and time again.

Favorite Song: Brother
Rating: 3/10