Wednesday, June 18, 2014

CD Review: Cherub And First Aid Kit Are Ready For The Big Time With New Albums

Two new debut albums from Columbia Records are ready to make ripples in the music world. This exciting new music comes from the electro-pop duo of Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber, better known as Cherub and the Swedish sister duo of Klara and Johanna Soderberg, known as First Aid Kit. Both of these band's stock has risen since signing with Columbia Records and their tours are selling out like crazy. Cherub's latest single "Doses & Mimosas" is hard to resist. The dance beats and Justin Timberlake-like singing is the perfect formula for today's radio youth and the song is quickly burning up the charts. The other song on this album that demands your attention is the slow jam of "Freaky Me, Freaky You." Its a modern day R&B hit with the big beats and silky smooth lyrics. Their song "Lifesaver" carries an eighties, keyboard-heavy vibe that seems almost thirty years too late. The album closes with the light pop tempo of "Chocolate Strawberries" as they sweeten their sound with their dance club appeal.

Cherub are currently on "The Blow'd Tour" with dates running until the end of the month with the final dates appearing at the Firefly Music Festival and the Electronic Forest Festival. To find out more about this rising new band, please visit

Another newly released album, that is beginning to make waves on the chart is "Stay Gold," from the duo First Aid Kit. The album's first single "My Silver Lining" showcases their mash-up of modern Americana/pop/country sound as they capture your attention with their words.  Their voices sound so fresh and pure on the shuffle rhythm of "Master Pretender" and display their folk innocence on the storied lyrics of "Cedar Lane." The album just has a magical flow from start to finish that demands your attention, especially the gentle flow of "Fleeting One" and the fun up-tempo feel of "Heaven Knows."

The new album was produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk) and was released on June 10th. First Aid Kit just wrapped up their month-long tour with a date at this year's Bonnaroo Music Festival. To find out more about this exciting new duo, please visit

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