Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased tracks, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Cheryl Waters, is “The Lion’s Roar” by First Aid Kit from the 2012 album The Lion’s Roar on Wichita Records.
First Aid Kit are Klara and Johanna Söderberg, a pair of folk-singing sisters from Sweden who have been captivating listeners the world over with their gorgeous vocal harmonies and earthen appeal that suggests wool clothing, untreated hair, and the ’70s. Inspired by everyone from Joni Mitchell to Conor Oberst, Klara and Johanna released their debut full-length album The Big Black & The Blue in 2010, when they were only 17 and 19, respectively. Since then they have been gathering acclaim through the strength of the album and their YouTube videos, several of which are covers of other popular songs, most notably a moving version of Fleet Foxes’ “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” that, fittingly, was recorded in the woods. In 2011 the sisters went to Omaha to record sophomore album with producer Mike Mogis. Mogis, you may recall, is a member of Bright Eyes, and the The Lion’s Roar features cameos by Conor Oberst himself, as well as the Felice Brothers. The title track and today’s featured song, however, features the sisters Söderberg alone.
First Aid Kit are currently touring Europe, but will be performing in the States beginning in March. They will be playing at The Crocodile in Seattle on April 11. They’ll be live on KEXP at 3PM that same day. For more info about the band, click here. In the meantime, here’s the video of their cover of Fleet Foxes’ “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song,” which has amassed nearly 3 million views since it was posted in 2008 on YouTube: