First Aid Kit to Release New Album, Stay Gold

Stay Gold has every indication that it will follow in the footsteps of its well-received sister album, released back in 2012.

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First Aid Kit, while an odd name for a Swedish folk rock sister duo, has had no problem gaining momentum in their growing fan base. Their last album, The Lion's Roar, was (and still is) a strong display of the talent flowing from these two. Buoyed by the hit, "Emmylou," a country-tinged folk tune that lyrically centers on the strong, loving bond that Johnny and June Carter Cash, as well as Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons, had for each other, the album sold well in all markets.

First Aid Kit is Johanna and Klara Soderberg, whose claim to their fame started with an endearing YouTube version of Fleet Foxes' "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song." With constant touring, a good first album, and a solid sophomore issue (The Lion's Roar), First Aid Kit is about to hit heights that they haven't previously seen.

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On June 10, the band goes up another step in the ladder with the release of their major label debut, Stay Gold. Signed to Columbia Records, and with a major publicity push, it appears that Stay Gold could exceed the interest that their excellent The Lion's Roar album produced over several years.

Stay Gold already has two songs in rotation as forerunning singles, heralding the album release. In addition, the girls have already begun a major concert push to promote Stay Gold, with many dates throughout the world already scheduled. Their shows begin on May 15 in London, continuing with visits to Canada, the U.S., their native Sweden, as well as Australia, Japan, Norway, and other locations through the end of August.

Stay Gold will release in the standard CD, as well as the usual digital download method. However, there will also be a gold-colored vinyl LP issued, some with bonus swag if ordered as a larger package.

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Stay Gold, the duo's third album, will no doubt be as good as their previous efforts. The released singles already indicate it. As a service to you, there will be two videos included here: the previously mentioned "Emmylou" from their previous album and "My Silver Lining" from the new one. I suggest that you search out the video for "Cedar Lane," also from the new album, should you like what you hear.



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Matt Rowe began his life with an AM radio, listening to anything that was considered music. Since, he has labored intently to build a collection of music, paring it down, rebuilding, and refining as he sees fit. His decided goal is to keep up with new music by panning for the nuggets among literal mountains…

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