`Drunken Trees' is an 8-track mini-album full of sweet, lady-voiced folk. First Aid Kit comprise of Swedish teenage sisters and they peddle a fine line in swoonsome acoustica. Currently, they are most famous for covering the Fleet Foxes `Tiger Mountain Peasant Song' and, faithful and pleasing rendition as it is, one can't but get the feeling they are about to become famous in their own right, no matter the beardy shadow cast across their peer group.
`You're Not Coming Home Tonight' has a toe-tapping country feel to it, daring to talk of hallowed `9 to 5' routines. `Jagadamba, You Might' has a little vocal menace to the strumming and `Our Own Pretty Way' comes close to recalling Neko Case.
These are melodic, melancholic tales of love and loss and entirely suitable for discerning-campfire listening. A little keyboard and a driving bass line (Cross Oceans) lifts later tracks out of acoustic dependence but the whole is still comfortably lazy listening.
`Drunken Trees' has an aching beauty at its heart, much like the Fleet Foxes do, but they perhaps lack the depth the latter muster. What they do possess is resonance and First Aid Kit seem perfect for mending many a broken heart. This is music to fall in love to rather than with, a perfect accompaniment to that walk along the beach when you first took a special someone's hand. Entirely satisfying but frustratingly ephemeral, `Drunken Trees' 8 tracks are over before they began, and as such practically demand an extended stay in the player.