These last few days, I've noticed the advertisements for a new album by a Swedish duo. They're called First Aid Kit and a quick look online revealed that they're sisters (a blonde and a brunette) and they've been active since 2007. My YouTube viewing history meant that their recent cover of Chiquitita was a recommended video and, sure enough, I was pleasantly surprised! They had me hooked when they acknowledged "ABBA's ABBA. They're awesome" - I couldn't agree more!
The plaintive quality of the performance and the boldness of these two young musicians playing to (what I presume is) a young crowd really touched me. I feel that it's people like First Aid Kit who are helping to make ABBA's music relevant to future generations.
I've been a fan of these girls for a few years now and was chuffed when I found out they'd done Chiquitita live a few times. Ages ago they posted a picture of themselves posing in the cat dresses on Facebook (I shared it over at A4E) but I can't seem to find it at all now. I'm pretty sure they've performed at the Polar Music Prize more than once too... they definitely performed 'America' when the award was given to Paul Simon (he cried). They actually released that track themselves fairly recently.
I actually met Klara (the brunette younger sister) at Stokholm C in August, when she got on the same train as me. There was almost a point when I thought I might help her get her suitcase onto the luggage shelf but she managed it herself just as I got to her. I did say, 'Excuse me.' She said, 'Sorry man,' and got out of my way. I said, 'Thank you,' and she said, 'No problem.' All very smiley and pleasant. I told myself that if we got off at the same stop, I'd approach her properly for an autograph or two (my best friend is a huge fan), but she got off one stop before me, alas. So, when I tell people I met her, it's not technically a lie, but most people don't need to know how inane the encounter actually was. Why spoil a good story with the truth?