First Aid Kit - 'Palomino'

8/10

Ever since they first emerged with their groundbreaking debut LP 'The Big Black And The Blue' in 2010, Swedish duo First Aid Kit have always looked to bring something new and interesting to the folk-pop arena. Usually incorporating broad and more euphoric textures within their work, their sound has been one of the most alluring to have arrived in the last decade, granting them a string of accomplished releases that have cemented their legacy even further. And after a few years of self-discovery, they are back once again with their fifth studio album 'Palomino', a record that builds upon that positive ascent.

After the release of their previous outing 'Ruins' in 2018, First Aid Kit used the eventual pandemic lockdowns as a chance to reach out and team up with other artists in their field. Working alongside the likes of fellow Swedish artists Thomas Stenström, Maja Francis, and Thåström during that period allowed them to venture into new and adventurous territory, something that has bled through into 'Palomino'. From the very start, their newest full-length is brimming with a bright and exuberant confidence that not only focuses on their formative direction, but also sees them deliver a robust collection of shimmering offerings as well.

First Aid Kit have always been one to break the mould amongst their contemporaries, but 'Palomino' presents itself as one of their most fascinating and captivating efforts to date. With such a strong and effervescent approach to their songwriting throughout, they are still very much on top of their game here.

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