Order the new release, Stay Gold by First Aid Kit, and get a limited* autographed CD booklet with purchase!
"Nothing gold can stay." So says Robert Frost, at once encompassing everything from man's fall from innocence and the fleeting nature of beauty to lost love and ultimately death. It was that line that caught Klara Söderberg, who along with her sister Johanna makes up Swedish duo First Aid Kit, and stopped her in her tracks.
"I started writing the first verse of the song 'Stay Gold' and I was kind of stuck," says Klara. "I had this collection of poetry and I thought, 'I'll open this and see if there's anything in here that inspires me.' And I came upon 'Nothing Gold Can Stay,' that was literally the first thing I saw, and it was perfect."
So perfect that Klara plucked it for the chorus of the song, which grew to become the centerpiece, and title of, First Aid Kit's new album and Columbia Records debut, Stay Gold.
The album opens with a dusty, spaghetti-western string line from the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, who appear throughout the record with cinematic arrangements from Nate Walcott (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley). That first song, "My Silver Lining," gallops through an existential crisis and sets the stage for an album that finds the moments of hope and light in darkness and anxiety. "Master Pretender" is a lush meditation on growing up and learning from mistakes, while "Stay Gold" laments loss and the uncertainty of the future. "What if our hard work ends in despair, what if the road won't take me there?" they sing in beautifully intertwined harmonies. "What if to love and be loved's not enough, what if I fall and can't bear to get up? / Oh I wish for once we could stay gold."
"Cedar Lane" waltzes through heartbreak, repeating the line "Something good will come out of this" as a mantra, while "Shattered and Hollow" asserts in no uncertain terms an unshakeable need to escape. On "Waitress Song," Klara fantasizes about dropping everything and assuming a new life. "I could move to a small town and become a waitress," she sings. "Say my name was Stacy / and I was figuring things out."
For two sisters from the suburbs of Stockholm who now share a label with idols like Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen and regularly tour and record with the some of the biggest names in modern folk and indie, real life may seem like a bit of a fantasy at the moment, but it's been a long, steady climb that's brought them here. The future may always hold uncertainty, but for now, things are gold for First Aid Kit, and as they prepare to release the finest album of their career, tomorrow's only looking brighter.
First Aid Kit's North American Tour Dates:
- 5/22 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR
- 5/23 - The Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, Canada
- 5/24 - Sasquatch! Festival - George, WA
- 5/26 - Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA
- 5/28 - El Rey - Los Angeles, CA
- 5/29 - The Crescent Ballroom - Phoenix, AZ
- 5/31 - Free Press Summer Festival - Houston, TX
- 6/2 - Waiting Room - Omaha, NE
- 6/3 - Varsity Theater - Minneapolis, MN
- 6/4 - Park West - Chicago, IL
- 6/6 - Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, Canada
- 6/7 - Corona Theatre - Montreal, Canada
- 6/8 - Paradise - Boston, MA
- 6/9 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
- 6/11 - Webster Hall - New York, NY
- 6/12 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
- 6/13 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
- 6/14 - Bonnaroo - Manchester, TN
*Offer valid only with purchase of Stay Gold. This special offer is valid for both domestic and international orders. CDs shipping with promotional items are limited to (5) per customer. Autographed CD booklets will be available while supplies last, newburycomics.com will post information when autographed booklets are sold out.