The Hated Opinionated One

First Aid Kit Repairs Souls

Posted by Scotio on May 10, 2008

First Aid Kit is probably the best band that you’ve never heard of. Hailing from Spain, this guy-girl duo(Carles Querol & Agnès Aran) conjures up some of the most enchanting music that can ever be heard with ears. Agnès is the lead singer of the band and she sings in English with an easily recognizable accent. The music is just crazy. Combining elements of Shoegazing, Electronics and Post-Rock, they create magic in the form of melody. Sounding like My Bloody Valentine, Explosions In The Sky, and a mother singing a soothing lullaby. They released their first LP titled F1rst in 2006, to virtually no notice over in USA. Which is completely sad. The album housed the mesmerizing songs “Still On Fire,” “Forgotten Sky” and “Greenish.” Actually, each tune on the album featured something that seemed to play at your lost childhood: an age of innocence and wonder. I would dare anyone to listen to them and state their distaste for their music. If such happened, I’d have to call the person a heartless monster. The duo turned around and decided to release a new collection of songs equally as soul lifting in 2008 on the album Plaits. Again, singing in English, the Querol & Aran bring more of the same. And, no, it isn’t something that would make listeners fret for feeling that they’ve already heard the music before. Why? Because it takes you back to the same wonderland that you went to when you heard their first work. Their lead single from this album is “Truth Can Hurt.” The video for the song features three children just being children. Having fun and showing no care for the troubles of the world at large. Wasn’t the world a majestic place when such was the case? The actual first song of this album “Fake/Real” actually has children singing on the song, followed by Carles and Agnès singing together using the same lyrics the children sang before them. It lets you know what you’re in store for the rest of the album. And, frankly, it should never be a problem to enjoy such delightful melodies and the joyous memories/feelings that they bring. If you can find their music, I strongly urgingly demand that you acquire it immediately. Yes, it can change your life . . . yes, it can.

Still On Fire Video:

From The Album:

Truth Can Hurt Video:

From The Album:


4 Responses to “First Aid Kit Repairs Souls”

  1. agnès said

    who wrote this?
    these are the most beautiful words someone has ever written about our music.

    first aid kit

  2. Scotio said

    I write all of the work here. No team of people, just me. Just a upstart writer/reviewer expressing my opinions on random things.

    And, I thank you for taking the time to read my review about you guys. I totally champion you to all of my friends & associates and push for them to get your music. And, I know some folks use my reviews for downloading, which is why I usually keep things on here strictly for artist support. I’m sorry I don’t have purchase links for you guys on here. A friend of mine had your album and threw it on my iPod. Since then, I’ve been going crazy over your work.

    If you want, post links for downloads/purchases for your albums. I have no problems with you doing that, and would actually feel good if you did. You guys should tour the US. I know I’ll definitely come and bring an army with me.

  3. agnès said

    thanks scotio.
    i hope we’ll be touring the US someday… which part are you from? just to know where’s our first stop!
    …until this happens anyone can find first aid kit albums in itunes store and listen to some of the songs at: http://www.myspace.com/firstaidkitmusic

    thanks again for your support.

    first aid kit

  4. Scotio said

    Before August of this year [2008] I’ll be in the Philadelphia area. After that, I’ll be in the Chicago area.

    Many thanks for your looking over and enjoying my review of you guys. It’s really cool when a band communicates back after some random person like me writes out some words about them.

    And, as long as you keep pushing out the great music, I’ll keep supporting you and Carles.

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