Friday, January 22, 2010

First Aid Kit's second outing


IN MY review of their EP Drunken Trees, I suggested that First Aid Kit could do with the aid of a band - but the Swedish sisters haven't patched up their sound as I'd have liked.
Instead, on their full LP The Big Black And The Blue, they continue with their bare bones country-tinged acoustic guitar-and-vocal harmonies approach.
That said, although there's not a full backing band, there's improved production here, and their sound has been filled out in more subtle ways, via atmospheric drones and subdued ornamentation.
The result is teen siblings Klara and Johanna Söderberg have created a log cabin-in-the-snow atmosphere that's still warming - but in the way a slug of neat vodka is, rather than a roaring fire.

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