There are some musicians / groups who are so distinctive that it is almost sacrosanct to try to cover their songs. Amongst this select band I would put the Swedish super group Abba, whose sound was so distinctive, not least because of the composing / songwriting skills of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and the stunning vocals of Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad.
Recently I was listening to a programme on the radio and a couple of young ladies were being interviewed about their latest record, a Swedish duo by the name of First Aid Kit.
The folk duo consists of the sisters Klara (vocals/guitar) and Johanna Söderberg (vocals/keyboards/autoharp/bass guitar). When performing live, the duo are accompanied by a drummer, a pedal steel guitarist and recently a keyboard player. In 2008, they became internationally known by their YouTube video cover of the Fleet Foxes song “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” that gained significant Internet popularity. They have now released four albums, two EPs and a handful of singles.
At the time I didn’t have time to listen to their singing on the programme but decided to check them out at a later date. So I did a little YouTubing and came across numerous performances by them, not least a wonderful version of the old Abba song “Chiquiqita”
Initially when I saw this come up I was somewhat sceptical that the sisters could really do the song justice, how wrong could I have been. Their harmonisation is wonderful and as one critic has commented “they sound a bit like a female Everly Brothers!
Give them a listen, I guarantee you will not be disappointed.