First Aid Kit state on their Myspace page, “We aim for the hearts, not the charts”. A hackneyed statement definitely, but judging by the strength of this single their aim is true.

This is unlikely to trouble the charts – though folk does seem to be going through something of a renaissance. And I doubt very much that they would complain about chart success. Such an attitude is as po-faced as it is disingenuous.

Yet I Met up with the King will trouble your heart; it will make it bounce and palpitate with the same force of twenty espressos, and will make you feel similarly elated and melancholic.

The song is disarmingly simple. The acoustic guitars are standard, but the vocals, from these Swedish sisters, are so direct and clear, their delivery so focused and impassioned, that you can’t help but be moved. It makes my head stare at the stereo as if I’m looking to see the compartment where the magic is stored.

Release Date 08/03/2010 (Wichita)

Chris Gilliver

I started out writing for the Manchester Evening News as a freelance journalist back in 2008. The idea that I would be given free access to music and gigs seemed somehow miraculous to me, and I proceeded to take full advantage of the situation. When the M.E.N. decided to constrict its coverage to only the very biggest bands, Simon Poole approached me with a plan to make sure that all the very talented musicians of this world that pass through and/or live in Manchester would not go unnoticed. As the New Releases editor here at Silent Radio Towers, it remains my proud duty to cast a critical eye over the music and reviews that come my way in a manner that is both supportive and fair. Above all, I strive to write as entertainingly possible. Favourite musicians include the Pixies, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Mercury Rev, Os Mutantes, The Knife, Beach House etc etc. I'm a firm believer that all genres (except nu-metal) contain music of great quality...