First Aid Kit: “Diamonds & Rust” Cover, “Blue” Video

One thing that always brings First Aid Kit’s covers home for me is the way the Söderberg sisters evoke a relevant mood unique to each tune. From their despondent vision of “Gloomy Sunday” to a rousing rendition of Patti Smith’s “Dancing Barefoot”, the Swedish duo consistently prove they can go beyond mere homage to the craft of the original. (The pair’s nostalgic “When I Grow Up” is another highlight.) Now they’ve done it again with Joan Baez’s not-so-cryptic ode to Bob Dylan. Watch them wring even more lovelorn emotion from the 1975 original, live in Stockholm, below. Meanwhile, Ewa Fröling stars as a widowed former beauty queen in the new official video for The Lion’s Roar track “Blue”: