First Aid Kit Release Two Songs as David Berman Tribute

This includes original “Strange Beauty” and their rendition of Silver Jews’ “Random Rules.”

Swedish folk pair First Aid Kit have released two songs as tribute to the late poet/musician David Berman, who passed away earlier this month. 

“Strange Beauty” is an original written after news of Berman’s death, about how it rained the next day and how the sisters felt like they knew him even though they didn’t: “And when you are gone / The world it moves on / But it’s lost its strange beauty,” they harmonize. “Random Rules” is a cover of the Silver Jews’ song by the same name, which is strange but sweet to hear sung by female voices.

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Of Berman’s legacy and their reaction to his death, Klara Söderberg said, “I think a lot of people were as shocked as I was upon hearing the news of David Berman’s passing. It didn’t seem real. It left me completely devastated. So I wrote the song ‘Strange Beauty’ to try to make sense of my feelings. ‘Random Rules’ is a long time Berman favorite of ours and a song we always thought we would record if we ever made a cover album. It holds some of the greatest lyrics ever penned and shows the genius of David Berman. We hope the songs can be some kind of comfort.”

Get the tracks here or listen to both below. 

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