First Aid Kit

Who By Fire [Live Tribute To Leonard Cohen]

£27.99
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26th March 2021 / 2LP or CD / Sony Sweden & Columbia Records.
     

First Aid Kit

Who By Fire [Live Tribute To Leonard Cohen]

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A tribute to one of the greats. Super lush. SUPER limited on the indie edition.

Performed across two nights at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm in March of 2017, the 20-track recording is a theatrical staging of Leonard Cohen’s songs, poems, and letters. Conceived and anchored by First Aid Kit, the Swedish sister duo were joined by an array of fellow Swedish guest artists, an 8 person band & strings, and two actors, as well as a 20+ person choir on two of the songs. 

Klara and Johanna, longtime fans and greatly inspired by Leonard Cohen, were deeply saddened by his passing in November of 2016. At the time, First Aid Kit shared: "… If you ever put a guitar in our hands and ask us to sing, we will always play ‘Suzanne.’ When we heard it for the first time we were transfixed. ‘How does one do that?’ we thought. ‘How does one write like that?’ One doesn't, we suppose, only Leonard Cohen does… In the midst of this deep sadness, we are so intensely grateful... [His art] has been a guiding light for us for these past ten years since we started making music, both a consolation and an arrow pointing at where to strive…

+ Indie 2LP is Blue vinyl, and it's super limited. 

Speaking today about Who By Fire, the Söderberg sisters say: "We recently listened back to this concert and realised that this was something out of the ordinary for us. It was a challenge to create a performance that wasn't centred around First Aid Kit songs. It was something we'd never done before, but everything came together so well. Dwelling deeply into Cohen's world was a pleasure, he was so prolific as both a poet and a songwriter, and everything he ever put out held a very strong standard. He cared immensely for his work. The band, the guest artists, the atmosphere on stage...everyone had a great passion and it felt magical. This is definitely a record that is best enjoyed listening to back-to-back with no interruptions. Allow yourself to just disappear into Cohen's world for a little while.  We decided not to edit any of the performances. The flaws are part of the live experience. In a time when you sadly can't go to an actual physical live show, you can listen to this and imagine you were there..."

Format /2LP or CD
Released /26th March 2021
Catalogue / 19439822281
Barcode / 19439822281
Artist / First Aid Kit
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