Photo by Ben Kaye
First Aid Kit will ring in the new year with a new album, Ruins, which is due out on January 19th. We’ve heard several pre-release singles thus far—“It’s a Shame”, “Postcards”, and “Fireworks”—and now the Swedish sisters are back with a pair of covers, the first of which being a cover of Lorde‘s “Perfect Places”.
The raucous, probing track, the second single from the pop star’s Melodrama—our favorite album of the year—lends itself to the melancholic Americana of First Aid Kit, who sing of youthful ennui about as well as anyone. They also offered up a spare, soulful rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, which rides along casual fingerpicking and the ghostly strains of steel guitar.
Both tracks were recorded live from BBC Radio 2. Stream them below or purchase them for download here.