About three years ago I discovered Sweden’s First Aid Kit, when “My Silver Lining,” from their first major-label release Stay Gold was getting airplay. I dug a little and came across “Emmylou,” a song in part about one of the more well-known Harrises. A few months ago, Ruins came out; “It’s a Shame,” one of the lead tracks, has a video that makes one think about how the world reacts to and interacts with perceived physical beauty. It’s a keeper.
I love the harmonies that sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg spin together. I don’t know the source of their country-music vibe, but it’s striking and distinctive. Their talent is immense and I look forward to hearing more from them. “Emmylou” came from the 2012 album The Lion’s Roar; here’s that disk’s title song.