First Aid Kit

Stay Gold (Columbia)

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 Saturday Reviews

First Aid Kit

Stay Gold (Columbia)

Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg's third LP and first for a major label carries a slightly darker, more mature perspective than 2012 breakout The Lion's Roar. Their Laurel Canyon harmonies still beguile, and Stay Gold strikes a wide, thick vein of polish and confidence. "I won't take the easy road," the sisters declare in opener "My Silver Lining," while the title track expands on the Robert Frost poem for a beautiful, if weary, meditation. Searching and want ripple throughout the album, from the easy gallop of "Master Pretender" to slower country tinge "Cedar Lane," but the duo also echoes the defiant and assured power of Neko Case on songs like "Shattered & Hollow" and "Waitress Song," the former bursting above a sparse arrangement and latter bolstered by vocals lingering in a high trembling harmony. Piano-and-strings-shaded closer "A Long Time Ago" likewise caps with a longing memory but no regret, the Söderbergs' eyes steadily looking forward through the past. (7:10pm, Orange stage)

****

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014
Playback: Lines, Rhymes, and Redemption
Playback: Lines, Rhymes, and Redemption
The line at Fun Fun Fun Fest wasn't the only show last weekend

Kevin Curtin, Nov. 14, 2014

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 Sunday Reviews
Iron Reagan

Michael Toland, Nov. 7, 2014

More First Aid Kit
Sunday ACL Fest Interview: First Aid Kit
Sunday ACL Fest Interview: First Aid Kit
Swedish sisters take rock songs toward topical matters

Libby Webster, Oct. 6, 2017

ACL Live Shot: First Aid Kit
First Aid Kit
Zilker Park, Oct. 12

Doug Freeman, Oct. 19, 2012

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
William Harries Graham
Jakes (Record Review)

Doug Freeman, April 12, 2019

Texas Platters
Rebecca Loebe
Give Up Your Ghosts (Record Review)

Christina Garcia, April 12, 2019

More by Doug Freeman
Texas Platters
George Ensle
Home (Record Review)

April 19, 2019

Texas Platters
D.C. Bloom
Pack Up the Moon (Record Review)

April 19, 2019

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014, First Aid Kit

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle