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A Swedish indie folk duo with a devoted international following, First Aid Kit blend the bright vocal harmonies and pastoral, contemplative songwriting of sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg. After receiving radio play in Sweden as teenagers, they went on to chart across Europe and in the U.S. and Australia with albums such as The Lion's Roar (2012) and Ruins (2018). Often accompanied by a backing band, the group has staged Leonard Cohen tribute concerts and covered other musicians including Simon & Garfunkel, R.E.M., and Kate Bush. Hailing from suburban Enskede and taking influence from the likes of Fleet Foxes and Joanna Newsom, the Söderberg siblings began composing songs as young teenagers in 2007. The home-recorded "Tangerine" enjoyed airplay on Swedish radio later that summer, and the debut EP Drunken Trees helped expand the girls' audience upon its release in April 2008. The London-based Wichita Records reissued Drunken Trees one year later, bolstering its track list with a reverent Fleet Foxes cover and three additional songs performed live in a Swedish forest. The duo then set to work on a full-length album, balancing schoolwork with the recording sessions. The Big Black & the Blue was released in 2010, and was followed by a request from Jack White to record a single at his Third Man Studios, which resulted in their cover of Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Universal Soldier." They struck up a friendship with Conor Oberst and appeared live with Bright Eyes on tour before they entered the studio with the band's guitarist Mike Mogis for The Lion's Roar, which arrived in early 2012. The lead single "Emmylou" was listed by Rolling Stone as the tenth best single of the year, and the LP debuted at number one in Sweden. It also charted in several other countries, including the U.S., where it reached number 65 on the Billboard 200 and the Top Five of the Americana/folk chart. The sisters' creative relationship with Oberst was cemented in 2014 when they sang backing vocals on his solo album Upside-Down Mountain, and that same year the duo released Stay Gold, their first album on major-label Columbia. It hit number one in Sweden and Norway, and charted in the Top 25 in several European countries, the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Stay Gold went on to win Album of the Year at Sweden's Grammis. After two years of touring, festivals, and international TV appearances (including a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "America" for The Late Show with David Letterman), First Aid Kit headed to Portland, Oregon to record their fourth LP. Featuring production by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, the Decemberists) and backing musicians such as R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, Wilco's Glen Kotche, and Midlake's McKenzie Smith, the resulting Ruins was informed by the aftermath of Klara's broken engagement. It arrived via Columbia in early 2018 and became another international chart success, reaching number one in Sweden, the Top Five in the U.K. and Norway, and number 47 in the U.S. Comprised of songs recorded during the Ruins sessions, they followed it with the aptly titled Tender Offerings EP in September of the same year. ~ Andrew Leahey & Marcy Donelson
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  2.   Emmylou
  3.   The Lion's Roar
  4.   Blue
  5.   Fireworks
  6.   It's a Shame
  7.   My Silver Lining
  8.   Ghost Town
  9.   In the Hearts of Man
  10.   I Met Up With the King
  11.   Heavy Storm
  12.   Tiger Mountain Peasant Song
  13.   This Old Routine
  14.   My Wild Sweet Love
  15.   King of the World
  16.   Postcard
  17.   Cedar Lane
  18.   You Are the Problem Here
  19.   Stay Gold
  20.   America
  21.   All That We Get
  22.   New Year's Eve
  23.   Distant Star
  24.   Perfect Places
  25.   Cross Oceans
  26.   Ugly
  27.   To Live a Life
  28.   Rebel Heart
  29.   Brother
  30.   The Bell
  31.   Shattered & Hollow
  32.   Dance to Another Tune
  33.   In the Morning
  34.   You're Not Coming Home Tonight
  35.   Jagadamba, You Might
  36.   Wills of the River
  37.   Master Pretender
  38.   When I Grow Up
  39.   Little Moon
  40.   Ruins
  41.   Marianne's Son
  42.   Tangerine
  43.   Tender Offerings
  44.   Hem of Her Dress
  45.   Waltz for Richard
  46.   I Just Needed a Friend
  47.   Nothing Has to Be True
  48.   Fleeting One
  49.   Our Own Pretty Ways
  50.   A Long Time Ago
  51.   Waitress Song
  52.   Hard Believer
  53.   Strange Beauty
  54.   Walk Unafraid
  55.   Pervigilo
  56.   A Window Opens
  57.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  58.   Wolf
  59.   Winter is All Over You
  60.   To a Poet
  61.   Random Rules
  62.   Heaven Knows
  63.   Sailor Song
  64.   I've Wanted You
  65.   Josefin
  66.   I Found a Way
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