First Aid Kit are a Swedish duo and sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg. The sisters hail from southern suburb of Stockholm and started writing as teenagers back in 2007.
First Aid Kit have released two albums via Wichita Records—The Big Black And The Blue in 2010 and The Lion’s Roar in 2012 which featured their critically acclaimed single Emmylou. Rolling Stone named Emmylou in their “10 Best Singles of 2012,” saying “you may not hear a more beautifully sung record this year.”
It’s A Shame was recorded in early 2017 and was produced by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Laura Veirs) in Portland, OR, “It’s A Shame” is a plea to live in the moment, because everyone disposes of each other eventually.
Klara and Johanna explain: We went to Los Angeles last spring and spent five weeks there writing. It was a tough time for the both of us. We were in this beautiful sunny place, but mostly felt sad and lonely. “It’s a Shame” is a song about the emptiness and desperation you feel after a relationship has come to an end. How you will go to great lengths just to numb the pain and feel less lonely.
A festival favourite duo who excel in the live performance environment, First Aid Kit have really started to make a name for themselves across the board and not just within their genre as have gained fans at various music events across the globe.
It’s A Shame is a thoroughly enjoyable and fantastic alternative folk single which holds excellent vocals from the girls who compliment each other in their exceptional harmonies. The song has an addictive melody which actually has an optimistic and feel good vibe to it despite being sad lyrically but I guess that is rather fitting in with what the girls say above about being in a sunny, beautiful L.A but feeling sad and lonely so I think that the girls have captured that environment and situation rather perfectly.
First Aid Kit have been on my radar for a few years now but after this song, I will certainly be dedicating more time to their back catalogue and for future music too.
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