There’s not much in the large scale label world that’s typically shocking. Most acts who reside on a major label, are staying in the traditional album cycle, and doing things the way they were done twenty years ago. However, with their new EP Tender Offerings, Sweden’s First Aid Kit steer from how the majors used to do things and release a stunner at the same time. Coming in less than a year from their last full length Ruins, the duo keep our attention while offering up four more lovely tracks in the process.
Opening with the soft sounds of “I’ve Wanted You,” the vocals lead alongside an acoustic in the style the two piece have employed in recent years. Steering a bit away from their pop leanings, the song feels stripped yet far from bare. While this continues a bit on “Tender Offerings,” there’s a light hook that keeps your ears glued to your headphones before the track takes off and shines like change on the ground. The pop side of the sisters returns on “Ugly,” complete with a piano driven sound that is as lovely as anything off of Ruins. However, it’s the final track, “All That We Get” that really takes center stage. There’s something to how the track is paced, how the vocals dance with the instruments, and how First Aid Kit makes a tender song as infectious as a traditional pop track.
You can stream the Tender Offerings EP on all platforms, or purchase it from all digital outlets. First Aid Kit will be on tour throughout the rest of the year and into 2019. Stretching from Austin tonight all the way into Australia at the beginning of the year. All available dates can be found here.
Image Credits: Photo by Neil Krug.