We knew a First Aid Kit album had to be coming after the release of their single “It’s A Shame” and its accompanying video, and now they’ve finally announced it: Come Jan. 19, we can expect Ruins from the Söderberg sisters. Luckily for us, they’ve also given us another cut from the forthcoming album, “Postcard,” and from what we’re heard so far, their fourth album will surely be a must-hear.
The single leans heavily on the style of classic country ballads about a fading romance, with sliding guitar swells and ambling rhythms accented by sophisticated piano lines. The duo’s seamlessly blended harmonies bid a lover farewell: “Send me a postcard when you get to where you’re going / Send me a line to everything you’ve left behind.”
“‘Postcard’ is one of the most traditional-sounding songs we’ve ever written, and we wanted the production to mirror that,” the sisters told Rolling Stone Country. “It’s not a resentful song, but more of a reaching out to a lover to wish them well on their journey in the midst of having to let them go.”
Ruins follows First Aid Kit’s debut, 2014’s Stay Gold, and was produced with Tucker Martine in Portland, Ore., where the girls collaborated with R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Wilco’s Glenn Kotche and Midlake’s McKenzie Smith. See the tracklist and cover art for the album below, underneath the lyric video for “Postcard” and a First Aid Kit performance from the Paste Cloud, and see where the duo is headed when they hit the road in January here.
01. Rebel Heart
02. It’s A Shame
05. To Live A Life
06. My Wild Sweet Love
07. Distant Star
09. Hem of Her Dress
10. Nothing Has To Be True
Ruins Album Art: