America - First Aid Kit

from the EP America (2015)

Sometimes when I listen to Simon & Garfunkel, I simply sit in awe of them as songwriters and performers.  However, I find myself listening to them increasingly less over the years.  Music rolls on.

Hearing the First Aid Kit cover of their classic tune America serves as a powerful reminder of just how great the poet and the one man band truly were.

The lyrics contain countless visual images that combine to capture time & place & youth with chilling artfulness.  "Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike".  "The man in the gaberdine suit was really a spy".  "Toss me a cigarette, I think there's one in my raincoat."  "Cathy I said as we boarded a Greyhound in Pittsburg."

Fantastic.

Not to be forgotten are the beautiful descending chord progression, vocal arrangements, and melody line.

Thank you to First Aid Kit for capturing all these qualities in this thoughtful reproduction.  Its newness reminds us all of the lasting greatness of well written songs.

Click Here to to watch the official music video to First Aid Kit's cover of America.

Click Here to listen to Simon & Garfunkel's original version.

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