First Aid Kit Stay Gold

Stay Gold

First Aid Kit

Released on June 6, 2014 by Columbia

Main artist: First Aid Kit

Genre: Pop/Rock > Rock > Alternative & Indie

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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. ~ Scott Kerr
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Album : 1 disk - 10 tracks Total length : 00:38:25

  1. 1 My Silver Lining

    First Aid Kit, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Klara Söderberg, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist - Brian Sherwood, Viola - Mike Mogis, Bass, Mixing Engineer, Percussion, Producer, Recording Engineer - Jeffery King, Violin - Johanna Söderberg, Autoharp, Composer, Keyboards, Lyricist - Doug Van Sloun, Mastering Engineer - Nathaniel Walcott, Piano - Paul Ledwon, Cello - Susanna Gilmore, Violin - Benkt Söderberg, Bass - Nicholas Lindström, Drums, Percussion Copyright : (P) 2014 Jagadamba, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

  2. 2 Master Pretender

    First Aid Kit, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Klara Söderberg, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist - Ben Brodin, Other - Mike Mogis, Bass, Dulcimer, Electric Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Mixing Engineer, Other, Percussion, Producer, Recording Engineer - Johanna Söderberg, Autoharp, Composer, Keyboards, Lyricist, Percussion - John Klinghammer, Bass Clarinet, Clarinet - Doug Van Sloun, Mastering Engineer - Leslie Fagan, Alto, Flute - Nathaniel Walcott, Organ - Benkt Söderberg, Bass - Nicholas Lindström, Drums, Percussion Copyright : (P) 2014 Jagadamba, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

  3. 3 Stay Gold

    First Aid Kit, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Klara Söderberg, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist - Brian Sherwood, Viola - Mike Mogis, Autoharp, Mixing Engineer, Percussion, Producer, Programmer, Recording Engineer - Dan Fletcher, Violin - Johanna Söderberg, Autoharp, Composer, Keyboards, Lyricist - Frank Seligman, Violin - Doug Van Sloun, Mastering Engineer - John Klinghammer, Clarinet, Other - Judy Divis, Viola - Juliet Yoshida, Violin - Keith Plenert, Violin - Leslie Fagan, Alto, Flute - Nathaniel Walcott, Piano - Paul Ledwon, Cello - Phyllis Duncan, Violin - Scott Shoemaker, Violin - Thomas Kluge, Viola - Tim Strang, Cello - Tracy Dunn, Violin - Will Clifton, Bass - Benkt Söderberg, Bass - Nicholas Lindström, Drums, Percussion Copyright : (P) 2014 Jagadamba, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

  4. 4 Cedar Lane

    First Aid Kit, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Klara Söderberg, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist - Brian Sherwood, Viola - Mike Mogis, Electric Guitar, Guitar, Mixing Engineer, Producer, Recording Engineer - Dan Fletcher, Violin - Johanna Söderberg, Autoharp, Composer, Keyboards, Lyricist - Frank Seligman, Violin - Doug Van Sloun, Mastering Engineer - John Klinghammer, Clarinet, Other - Judy Divis, Viola - Juliet Yoshida, Violin - Keith Plenert, Violin - Leslie Fagan, Alto, Flute - Nathaniel Walcott, Piano - Paul Ledwon, Cello - Phyllis Duncan, Violin - Scott Shoemaker, Violin - Thomas Kluge, Viola - Tim Strang, Cello - Tracy Dunn, Violin - Benkt Söderberg, Bass - Nicholas Lindström, Drums, Percussion Copyright : (P) 2014 Jagadamba, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

  5. 5 Shattered & Hollow

    First Aid Kit, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Klara Söderberg, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist - Mike Mogis, Mixing Engineer, Percussion, Producer, Programmer, Recording Engineer - Johanna Söderberg, Autoharp, Composer, Keyboards, Lyricist - Nathaniel Walcott, Organ, Piano - Doug Van Sloun, Mastering Engineer - Benkt Söderberg, Bass - Nicholas Lindström, Drums, Percussion Copyright : (P) 2014 Jagadamba, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

  6. 6 The Bell

    First Aid Kit, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Klara Söderberg, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist - John Klinghammer, Clarinet, Other - Mike Mogis, Acoustic Guitar, Mixing Engineer, Percussion, Producer, Recording Engineer - Johanna Söderberg, Autoharp, Composer, Keyboards, Lyricist - Leslie Fagan, Flute, Other - Doug Van Sloun, Mastering Engineer - Nathaniel Walcott, Organ, Piano - Benkt Söderberg, Bass - Nicholas Lindström, Drums, Percussion Copyright : (P) 2014 Jagadamba, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

  7. 7 Waitress Song

    First Aid Kit, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Klara Söderberg, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist - Brian Sherwood, Viola - Mike Mogis, Guitar, Mixing Engineer, Percussion, Producer, Recording Engineer - Dan Fletcher, Violin - Johanna Söderberg, Autoharp, Composer, Keyboards, Lyricist - Frank Seligman, Violin - Doug Van Sloun, Mastering Engineer - Judy Divis, Viola - Juliet Yoshida, Violin - Keith Plenert, Violin - Leslie Fagan, Alto, Flute - Nathaniel Walcott, Organ, Trumpet - Paul Ledwon, Cello - Phyllis Duncan, Violin - Scott Shoemaker, Violin - Thomas Kluge, Viola - Tim Strang, Cello - Tracy Dunn, Violin - Benkt Söderberg, Bass - Nicholas Lindström, Drums, Percussion Copyright : (P) 2014 Jagadamba, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

  8. 8 Fleeting One

    First Aid Kit, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Klara Söderberg, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist - Ben Brodin, Vibraphone - Mike Mogis, Mixing Engineer, Percussion, Producer, Recording Engineer - Johanna Söderberg, Autoharp, Composer, Keyboards, Lyricist - John Klinghammer, Clarinet, Other - Doug Van Sloun, Mastering Engineer - Leslie Fagan, Flute, Other - Nathaniel Walcott, Piano - Benkt Söderberg, Bass - Nicholas Lindström, Drums, Percussion Copyright : (P) 2014 Jagadamba, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

  9. 9 Heaven Knows

    First Aid Kit, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Klara Söderberg, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist - Mike Mogis, Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Mixing Engineer, Percussion, Producer, Recording Engineer - Johanna Söderberg, Autoharp, Composer, Keyboards, Lyricist - Doug Van Sloun, Mastering Engineer - Nathaniel Walcott, Piano - Benkt Söderberg, Bass - Nicholas Lindström, Drums, Percussion Copyright : (P) 2014 Jagadamba, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

  10. 10 A Long Time Ago

    First Aid Kit, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Klara Söderberg, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist - Brian Sherwood, Viola - Mike Mogis, Mixing Engineer, Producer, Recording Engineer - Dan Fletcher, Violin - Johanna Söderberg, Autoharp, Composer, Keyboards, Lyricist - Frank Seligman, Violin - Doug Van Sloun, Mastering Engineer - Judy Divis, Viola - Juliet Yoshida, Violin - Keith Plenert, Violin - Nathaniel Walcott, Piano - Paul Ledwon, Cello - Phyllis Duncan, Violin - Scott Shoemaker, Violin - Thomas Kluge, Viola - Tim Strang, Cello - Tracy Dunn, Violin - Will Clifton, Other Copyright : (P) 2014 Jagadamba, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

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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. ~ Scott Kerr

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  • First Aid Kit, once upon a time in America... First Aid Kit, once upon a time in America...

    When they released The Big Black And The Blue in 2010, Johanna and Klara Söderberg were 20 and 23 years old respectively. The two Swedish sisters quickly made a name for themselves at the top of the charts thanks to their covers of songs by Fleet Foxes, Lorde, Jack White and even Black Sabbath… T...

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