I haven’t been as instantly smitten with a song in a while as I am with Emmylou, by Sweden’s First Aid Kit. It’s tightly crafted, emotional and luminous.
I imagine the song is about the spirit of the two most celebrated country music relationships – Emmylou Harris/Gram Parsons and June Carter/Johnny Cash, where the lesson is surely that love doesn’t have to be flawless to be fierce and beautiful.
They’re a folk act with sisters Johanna and Klara. After playing in Nashville, Jack White asked them to record something for his label. They’ve since been collaborating with members of Bright Eyes.
The band first shot to fame after their cover of Fleet Foxes’ Tiger Mountain Peasant Song (sung in a Swedish forest) went viral online in 2008.
Emmylou, released officially this week, seems to be going the same way.
Stockholm’s cold, but I’ve been told
I was born to endure this kind of weather
When it’s you I find like a ghost in my mind
I am defeated, and I gladly wear the crown