Swedish sister singing duo First Aid Kit has announced their latest album Ruins, scheduled to be released on January 19th, 2018. Produced by Tucker Martine of My Morning Jacket fame and recorded in Portland, Oregon at Flora Studios, it features appearances by Peter Buck of REM, and Wilco’s Glenn Kotche. If the first two songs are any indication, the new album will be a much more country and rootsy effort compared to previous albums.
First launching their careers via a very ethereal, yet roots-inferred sound, sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg received recognition in Europe and the United States with breathtaking compositions such as “Emmylou” and “The Lion’s Roar.” Their second album Stay Gold brought them further worldwide recognition. The title of the new album Ruins, as well as many of the songs, are said to be inspired by the breakup of Klara Söderberg from her fiancee.
Along with the album announcement comes a new song called “Postcards” that lives up to the billing of a more country and roots style to the pair’s upcoming record. This joins another preemptively-released track called “It’s A Shame.” The duo was recently in the United States ahead of the release, performing at ACL Fest in Austin among other places.
“Finally,” the duo said on Friday (10-27) as part of the announcement. “Words can’t possibly describe how thrilled we are to announce our upcoming record. We poured our hearts and souls into this. Soon it’ll be yours.”
- “Rebel Heart”
- “It’s A Shame”
- “To Live a Life”
- “My Wild Sweet Love”
- “Distant Star”
- “Hem of Her Dress”
- “Nothing Has to Be True”