Single of the Month: First Aid Kit's 'The Lion's Roar'
- Ryan Drever
- 15 November 2012
Woodpecker Wooliams, Little Green Cars, Matt Corby, Jamie Flett and Kid Cudi also reviewed
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.