First Aid Kit - Love interruption
Cover of song from Jack White’s Blunderbuss (2012)
As anyone who reads this blog knows, I’m just a fanatic for that Stockholm Sound. Can’t get enough of it (and while I’m obviously kidding, it just hit me that there’s probably an indie band in Brooklyn somewhere named “The Stockholm Sound.” Or, at least, there should be). If there is a music scene bubbling up from Stockholm, I’m not aware of it….but I have recently been getting hipped to a pair of sisters named First Aid Kit that originate from Stockholm, and they’re carrying on the long, proud tradition of being influenced by music originating in the States and then giving it right back to us.
In the case of First Aid Kit, the sisters have mentioned how much they’ve been influenced by the Americana strains of Gram Parsons, Johnny Cash, and Emmylou Harris - so much so, that they even name-checked all of these musicians in “Emmylou,” which first came across my stereo earlier this year. It’s a pleasant little song and the duo have been on my radar as a band to watch.
I’ve been enjoying their latest album, Stay Gold, and earlier this evening, I was blown away by their recent cover (in the clip posted, it starts around the 1:10 minute mark) of a song off Jack White's Blunderbuss disc. Actually, I enjoy their cover more than White’s original. It’s a little bit earthier, a little more urgent, featuring a vibe that has echoes of the best of Ryan Adams, with the sisters’ voices playing nicely off each other and a crack, sparse band anchoring the action. Really quite enjoyable (and, for some reason, it also reminds me of this older clip of singer Lera Lynn blowing the original song composer out of the water with her cover). Now, listen and enjoy…!