Stay Gold

Stay Gold

by First Aid Kit
     
 

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Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg have taken what, in the era of TV talent shows and Internet stars (they were once YouTube sensations themselves), has become a rare path to major-label success. Their hard work and growth within a trusting and nurturing indie label climate have helped develop and…  See more details below

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Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg have taken what, in the era of TV talent shows and Internet stars (they were once YouTube sensations themselves), has become a rare path to major-label success. Their hard work and growth within a trusting and nurturing indie label climate have helped develop and mature their sound from the enchanting folk of their debut to the polished Americana that dominates Stay Gold. Making the jump from Wichita to Columbia Records for their third full-length has given the duo the scope to dream bigger, and that's exactly what they've managed here with an assured and comprehensive collection of songs. Noticeably more expansive than any of their previous work, Stay Gold has a rich texture of classic country instrumentation and stirring string arrangements, matching their soaring vocal melodies. They were first noticed when a charming woodland set of acoustic Fleet Foxes covers gained attention for their beautiful vocals, which are still the main draw on this release, with their close harmonies again empowering every song. The timeless chorus adorning "Cedar Lane" sets the song up for a belting finale, and the closing salvo "How could I break away from you" feels bold yet reassuring. There is plenty of introspection here that sees the sisters focus on their experiences and journey thus far, and being on the road since they were just teenagers has undoubtedly shaped the defiant slow burner "Shattered & Hollow" and the wandering dreams and vulnerability that seep into "Waitress Song." Despite the obvious shift toward a country-influenced sound with a real romping, foot stomper in "Heaven Knows," there are still folk ballads here -- "Fleeting One" and "A Long Time Ago" -- that show the delicacy and heartbreaking capacity of First Aid Kit. With a genuine sense of melancholy that is far beyond their young years, the Söderbergs have taken the mild success of their sophomore record, Lion's Roar, in their stride, and with the expert hand of Bright Eyes' Mike Mogis once again producing, the lush harmonies and melodies of this album show that they are worthy of a place in the mainstream.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2014
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0888430666122
catalogNumber:
306661
Rank:
9937

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Performance Credits

First Aid Kit   Primary Artist
Phyllis Duncan   Violin
Scott Shoemaker   Violin
Judy Divis   Viola
Keith Plenert   Violin
Mike Mogis   Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin,Percussion,Pedal Steel Guitar,Autoharp,Electric Guitar,Marxophone
Benkt Söderberg   Bass,Percussion
Thomas Kluge   Viola
Tracy Dunn   Violin
Frank Seligman   Violin
Leslie Fagan   Flute,Alto Flute
Dan Fletcher   Violin
Will Clifton   Upright Bass
Paul Ledwon   Cello
Nathaniel Walcott   Organ,Piano,Trumpet,Electric Piano
Ben Brodin   Mellotron,Vibes
Johanna Söderberg   Percussion,Autoharp,Keyboards,Vocals
Klara Söderberg   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Brian Sherwood   Viola
John Klinghammer   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Tim Strang   Cello
Susanna Gilmore   Violin
Niclas Lindström   Percussion,Drums
Juliet Yoshida   Violin
Jeffery King   Violin
Isak Söderberg   Percussion
Anna Söderberg   Percussion

Technical Credits

Mike Mogis   Programming,Producer,Engineer
E.E. Storey   Artwork,Layout
Johanna Söderberg   Composer
Klara Söderberg   Composer

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