Single of the Month: First Aid Kit's 'The Lion's Roar'

Woodpecker Wooliams, Little Green Cars, Matt Corby, Jamie Flett and Kid Cudi also reviewed

Single of the Month: First Aid Kit's 'The Lion's Roar'

As we approach the end of the year, the inevitable petering out of single/album releases is to be expected but in these final few weeks, there is always the opportunity to sow a few seeds for the coming 12 months. As usual, it’s a mixed bag.

First up is Woodpecker Wooliams – aka Brighton’s Gemma Williams – with ‘Gull’ (Robot Elephant, ●●), a glitchy cut from her album, The Bird School Of Being Human. It’s almost too easy to peg this harp-strumming oddity as a Joanna Newsom wannabe but it’s just weird enough to warrant another listen. The same can’t be said, however, for Of Monsters and Men’s mind-crushingly beige folk jam ‘Mountain Sound’ (Island, ●) or Little Green Cars, who effectively play out like their Irish counterparts on ‘The John Wayne’ (Glassnote/Island, ●●).

The faux-folk implosion continues with lacklustre efforts from Matt Corby on the warbling, phone advert-ready ‘Brother’ (Atlantic, ●●), while Jamie Flett saves things a little with the glimmering and beautifully arranged ‘Bouncing Ball’ (Big Rock Candy, ●●●).

Meanwhile, Kid Cudi’s ‘Just What I Am’ (Island, ●●) featuring King Chip is equally disappointing in its gargling lyrical pointlessness, but the glassy synth textures and measured mid-tempo groove are enough to move a head or two.

This month’s keeper, and Single of the Month is from talented Swedish sisters First Aid Kit . Despite being an unabashed country/folk throwback in its own right, the title track from their album The Lion’s Roar (Wichita, ●●●●) just pinches it on the strength of the vocals alone, which are as sublime as ever.

Woodpecker Wooliams plays at Shhh!, ‘a day and evening of quiet music’ co-curated by RM Hubbert at Platform, Glasgow on Sat 1 Dec. First Aid Kit play 02 ABC, Glasgow, Sat 24 Nov.

Woodpicker Wooliams - Gull

Of Monsters and Men - Mountain Sound

Little Green Cars - The John Wayne

Matt Corby - Brother (Audio)

Jamie Flett - Bouncing Ball

Kid Cudi - Just What I Am ft. King Chip (Explicit)

First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar

First Aid Kit

Ethereal nu-folky music from Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Soderberg.


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