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02/10/2014 19:30,
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Much has changed for the Söderberg sisters in the past six years. They had been earning a stellar reputation recording and performing as a teenaged duo in Sweden when their 2008 cover of Fleet Foxes' „Tiger Mountain Peasant Song“ started turning heads around the world, racking up millions of views on YouTube and earning them big-name fans in far off lands. In 2010, they released their debut LP, 'The Big Black & The Blue,' which prompted critical raves and dates with everyone from Patti Smith and Jack White to Lykke Li and Bright Eyes. „We were big fans of Conor Oberst [of Bright Eyes] for a really long time,“ says Johanna. „'Lua' was one of the first songs Klara ever learned on guitar. So when he played with Monsters of Folk in Sweden, we got to go backstage and give Conor our first record. A year later we played in Austin and he came to our show and said he loved it, and we met [Bright Eyes/Monsters of Folk member/producer] Mike Mogis, and we asked if he wanted to produce our next record.“

Mogis readily agreed, and in 2011 the sisters headed to his Omaha studio to record their breakthrough LP, 'The Lion's Roar,' which debuted at #1 in Sweden and earned a swarm of critical praise around the world. Mojo called it „astonishing,“ Paste hailed it as „spectacular,“ and the BBC described it as „brilliant.“ Rolling Stone named „Emmylou,“ the sisters' love song dressed in classic country references, one of the Ten Best Singles of 2012, and raved that „you may not hear a more beautifully sung record this year.“ They performed at the iconic Newport Folk Festival, as well as Lollapalooza and Glastonbury, and opened for Rodriguez at Radio City Music Hall. „Emmylou“ also earned them bookings on Conan and Letterman.

But not all change is good. Heartbreak, loneliness, and homesickness can ride the coattails of happiness and success. Sometimes we wish for change, for an escape, but it never comes. It's with an aching beauty and a wisdom well beyond their years (Johanna is 23, Klara 21) that First Aid Kit crystallizes those feelings on 'Stay Gold,' the most mature and ambitious record of their career.

The First Aid Kit