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Saturday, April 10, 2010
CONCERTREVIEW : FIRST AID KIT (BRUSSEL, BOTANIQUE 09/04/2010)
Some weeks ago I was at the Botanique-venue to watch Taxi Taxi, a Swedish folkduo fronted by two twin sisters and now I’m at the same venue watching two other sisters, the Söderberg-ones or in music-language : First Aid Kit. These two are the product of what can be best described as the Youtube-generation as it all started when the two, just for fun, were singing a tune by FleetFoxes. The likes of The Knife saw the video and gave them a record deal on their own label, Rabid Records. Some time later they got already signed on Wichita records and loved by the British press. Over here it’s quite different. Only 70 persons, or less, has turned up but shyness or somethingis out of the blue as from the early beginning one of the sisters Klara is totally confident in herself and the music. They begin a tight set that will last something like 40 minutes. It soon became clear what the fuzz was all about and why on these pages we were full of praise about their debut album. Certainly it is folk but yours sincerely isn’t exactly waiting for the new Joan Baez and I knew that First Aid Kit’s folk was a rather dark one. Pretty weird lyrics for teenage girls (about everything married wife have to undergo I guess) while Johanna treats her keyboards like a disturbed child, hiding herself behind her long blond hair. It’s that what makes them so mind blowing in the first place as it’s traditional folk but done in an untraditional way. Apart from some rare classic instruments, the music is combined with an acoustic guitar and dark electronics. The main power of course are the voices an during an a capella version from “Ghost town” the two sisters got the chance to show their capabilities. After a quite short set and the huge compliments from the small crowd, the two returned on stage to give the fans a treat of some French songs they know (most of people speak French in Brussels). While quarrelling what it should be, they choose for a French version from “The partisan” (covered by Leonard Cohen) and a totally unexpected version from “Non, non, rien n’a change” by Les Poppys. The best treat was kept for the end when they did a traditional Swedish song. First Aid Kit are a very nice act with tons of talent even if there’s a danger involved that they will be too confident but for now : so far so good!