Back in May, I wrote about Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit recording in Omaha with Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes. Mogis, Nate Walcott and a variety of other Omaha musicians recorded with the band for the album.
Today, the first fruits of that collaboration can be heard. The album’s title track, “The Lion’s Roar,” is available today for streaming. (Listen below.)
Sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg told NPR that the song was written during a drive through a Scottish moor and the song changed the shape of the record.
“During the tour, we listened a lot to Townes Van Zandt in the car. We were inspired by this mystic scenery, as well as Townes Van Zandt’s beautiful melodies. By far our darkest song to date,” they said. “The mystic feeling of this song came to characterize a big part of the new record.”
The song will be released as a single digitally on Nov. 8. A 7-inch can be found at the band’s shows currently and will be at record stores on Dec. 12. Then on Jan. 24, “The Lion’s Roar” album will be available through U.K. label Wichita Recordings.
The band recently toured with Bright Eyes and is currently out in Europe and the U.S. with Lykke Li.