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The Lion's Roar by First Aid Kit
Released: Jan 2012
Label: Wichita Recordings
This duo's second album has pins all over the American map. Sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg harmonize like Appalachian twins. Their sweet yet somber indie-folk -- enhanced by mostly acoustic guitar, autoharp and keyboard -- has hints of Seattle's Fleet Foxes. They name-check Southern greats: "I'll be your Emmylou, and I'll be your June/ If you'll be my Gram and my Johnny too." And it all comes freshly recorded from the heartland, with production from Bright Eyes' Mike Mogis (Conor Oberst guests on "King of the World"). It's all so convincing, you'll never believe they're Swedes.
Stephanie Benson
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