Label: Wichita Recordings Release date: 25/01/10 Website: http://www.myspace.com/thisisfirstaidkit First Aid Kit are Fair Isle jumper wearing Swedish sisters, Klara & Johanna Söderberg. It already sounds pretty idyllic and I haven’t even mentioned their penchant for folk melodies, yet. Well, just you wait until I drag you further into their magical musical repertoire, you won’t be disappointed. Their album, The Big Black and The Blue is home to a warm, fuzzy noise that can only be described as a hybrid between folk and some dreamy acoustic alt-pop. The Big Black and The Blue is bursting with purring nostalgic tones, you can almost see the paper around you turn a tea stained shade of brown as you breathe in these whispering, folk melodies. This is rich, yet gently reminiscent of the folk of decades past, all wrapped up in a pretty little package for the 21st century listener. With a hint of Gregory and the Hawk and the sentiment of two young, modern day Karen Carpenter’s singing in unison the Söderberg girls know just how to wrap you up and reel you in. The musical swells are evocative of current Sigur Ros, with vocals slurred over static synthesised piano and faint bells ringing in the distance. 'Sailor Song' has the ability to make suitable sized waves in the folk community. It’s full to the brim of precious, jaunty moments that could easily soundtrack a stormy night in bars with your best (folk loving) friends. When the two souls sing in unison it’s like a small, emotional stab in the chest, and while they won’t break your heart they will turn your early morning commute into a dreamy existential daze. You won’t want to pull on the familiar leavers of the 9 to 5 existence after getting a dose of this dreamy, surreal, yet down to earth noise. 'Ghost Town' is in a similar vein to the work of Azure Ray, or should I say the Azure Ray girls after bulking up their vocals at the vocal coach gym. Sure, there’s fragility, but not in abundance, I’m in no way concerned that these girls can’t look after themselves. There are moments of raw passion, where these gentle beings no longer appear like deer caught in headlights, but small wolves, teasing their prey with their inner strength. While after 11 tracks my ears have become a little accustomed to the folk way of doing things I can’t proclaim any feelings of negativity, these songs are charming, in a wrap up under the duvet with a cup of tea and listen intently to them kind of way. The Söderberg sisters will tend to your bumps and scrapes, they’ll cure your ever-aching heart. They may even make you believe in “real” folk music again, because (whisper this to yourself) they’re more original than Laura Marling and the “folk” artists de jour. Make sure you make a date with First Aid Kit soon, they may not stay an unknown commodity for long. Rating: 8/10