Sweden has definitely proven herself a leader in the electro-pop market these days, but Americana? That’s for, you know, Americans. Right?
Think again. Johanna and Klara Söderberg, the Swedish siblings performing under the moniker First Aid Kit, have spent the last few years building a reputation for giving the American Americana artists (say that five times fast) a run for their money, proving that when the passion is there, “foreigners” can inhabit this genre just as naturally as someone born and bred in the Appalachians. And why not? After all, even the mountain folk were foreigners once.
There could be no better proof of this than First Aid Kit’s latest single, “Cedar Lane,” from their upcoming album Stay Gold. The song’s haunting melody, tight harmonies, silky steel guitar and waltz-like lilt couldn’t sound more fitting, and the only thing that gives it away is the girls’ ever-so-slight accent and the song’s out-of-the-box structure and chord progressions, both of which only add to the interest.
Check out the video for First Aid Kit’s “Cedar Lane” below. Stay Gold is scheduled for a June 10 release on Columbia Records.