Although the term “perfection” is often thrown around without reserve or actual thought, First Aid Kit may have reached it with its latest cover. The folk duo, known for their angelic harmonizing voices and beyond-their-age depth, recently covered Joan Baez‘s “Diamonds & Rust,” and to say it is haunting is something of an understatement.
For most bands, playing covers amounts to a rite of passage. They bang out a favorite tune in some anonymous bar, or as an encore in an arena in Wichita or Winnipeg. No big deal, right? Well, it is a big deal if the artist being covered is in the audience.
Last we heard from First Aid Kit, they were pepping up Fever Ray’s “When I Grow Up.” They return today with two new covers. This time, though, they bring along a new friend: Mr. Jack White III. As he so often does, White produced their new 7” for his own Third Man Records label. The Swedish folk duo covers two old-school chestnuts: “Universal Soldier” and “It Hurts Me Too.” Listen to both below.
As you may remember from her recent Peter Gabriel cover, Karin Dreijer Andersson aka. Fever Ray embraces darkness with glitchy goth-techno productions. The former singer of the Knife, Andersson delves deep into the psyche to discover some creepy truths. It’s music to soundtrack a 2 a.m. bout of paranoia. Or create one.
Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit are, suffice to say, less gloomy. Fever Ray seems a strange choice for them until you realize they record for the Rabid Records label. And who runs that label? Andersson herself. Connections everywhere! This woodsy cover comes as the b-side to the band’s new “Ghost Town” single, which drops next Tuesday.