I’m sure I’d heard this song before I saw it performed live, but seeing First Aid Kit perform “Emmylou” live at Coachella in 2012 was where I was able to connect with the song. That’s where it hit me.
The power of the girls’ harmonies is undeniable. They capture perfectly the innocence and simplicity of old-country. They have obviously spent a lot of time immersed in those old records, learning to play from them and how to craft a song from the old masters.
A little research on the band reveals a growing trend in my musical taste, which is a gravitation towards Swedish artists. I listen to a lot of EDM (re: a LOT), and your choices in that realm are typically either Dutch or Swedish, so that’s not really a surprise. But the bands that have really captivated me in the past year or two are more often than not Scandinavian. Before you ask, no, I do not find ABBA captivating. But I did when I was 17. Jose Gonzales (no, really, he’s Swedish), The Knife and Miike Snow have dominated my listening at times. Don’t get me wrong, either, I’m happy about it. It gives me a little pride for my ancestor’s country. Beyond ABBA, of course.