Swedish sisters have gone from teenage fans covering Fleet Foxes for fun to recording Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “Universal Soldier” in Nashville with Jack White in his Third Man Studios. Originally signed by The Knife’s Rabid Records, Wichita Recordings signed them in 2009, releasing their „Drunken Trees“ EP. This was follow by their debut LP “The Big Black and the Blue” in early 2010. They have since toured or performed with such heroes as Fleet Foxes, Bright Eyes and Lykke Li, as well as bringing tears to the eyes of Patti Smith during their cover of her song, „Barefoot Dancing“ at the 2011 Polar Music Awards.
Their new album, The Lion’s Roar, was produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Jenny Lewis, Monsters of Folk) at his studio in Omaha, Nebraska. From the dynamic title track onwards, the album juxtaposes sadness and beauty in the best traditions of folk and country music.
The Lion’s Roar is a full band record, the girls’ father Benkt takes the bass, Mattias Bergqvist the drums, while Mogis and Nate Walcott of Bright Eyes, and a cast of Omaha-based musicians round out the sound. Album closer, ‘King of the World’ features The Felice Brothers, just passing through town during the session, as well as local hero Conor Oberst, who sings the last verse.