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Practising harmonies - à la First Aid Kit
January 30, 2014 1:24 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for songs with similar harmonies to First Aid Kit. Any genre considered, and songs with more than a two part harmony are welcome. Practising harmonies with some friends and need some practice material :)

Although we are open to ALL genres (seriously), we veer towards alt-folk-y kind of stuff. However, we're very open to arranging our own versions of songs from other categories. I know the hive mind is a great resource for this - overwhelm me!
posted by drunkonthemoon to Media & Arts (22 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
 
Monsters and Men? Dirty Paws, e.g.?
posted by Admiral Haddock at 1:32 PM on January 30 [1 favorite]


Almost anything by the Beatles.
posted by St. Peepsburg at 1:33 PM on January 30


The Roches, especially Hammond Song
posted by oinopaponton at 1:44 PM on January 30 [1 favorite]


Are you looking specifically for female-only harmonies? If so, I'd recommend Haim, and perhaps Indigo Girls (although I would guess they're already on your radar).

If it's not limited to female-only, I'd strongly recommend the band Dry the River. Also, any duet that features Emmylou Harris is worth a look, and there are tons of those.
posted by jbickers at 1:50 PM on January 30


Lily and Madeleine might be a good fit. Listen here.
posted by Flamingo at 1:52 PM on January 30 [2 favorites]


The Living Sisters all the way!
posted by kitty teeth at 1:53 PM on January 30 [1 favorite]


Also, om du älskar Sverige som jag (since you mentioned First Aid Kit), have you seen the videos from these talented skvenska flickor? They have great harmonies. Link is to their cover of Robyn's Call Your Girlfriend.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 1:56 PM on January 30 [2 favorites]


Most of the ones I can think of are primarily in the refrains.

Delta Rae Hey Hey Hey (and a lot of their other stuff). The album version is more balanced so you can really hear the harmonies, if you can find a copy of it.

Little Big Town - Pavement Ends

Great Big Sea - When I'm Up

The Mamas and the Papas?
posted by brilliantine at 1:58 PM on January 30


I like songs with only two part harmony. Not sure if is what you're looking for, but here's my current playlist.
posted by kdern at 2:24 PM on January 30 [1 favorite]


Try The Story.
posted by mlle valentine at 2:25 PM on January 30


Those three girls have some tracks on iTunes, and have spawned a number of covers of their cover if you go poking around on youtube. They're great. And, of course, it was supposed to be svenska flickor, tyvarr!
posted by Admiral Haddock at 2:25 PM on January 30 [1 favorite]


Also - check out the classics:

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Everly Brothers
Simon and Garfunkel
Beatles
posted by kdern at 2:27 PM on January 30


I am completely in love with Erato...that second link is AMAZING!
posted by drunkonthemoon at 2:29 PM on January 30


Adding to the classics

Eagles - Seven Bridges Road or Doolin Dalton
Huey Louis and the News - It's All Right
Crosby Stills Nash and Young - Judy Blue Eyes or Woodstock
posted by jander03 at 3:12 PM on January 30


The Everly Brothers are really the roots of this kind of thing ... country/folk/pop with close two-part harmony style (i.e. two melodies following the same contour, generally in thirds or fourths). Simon & Garfunkel based their whole sound on the Everly Brothers, and improved on them.

If you want to really zero in on some Beatles songs that might have inspired First Aid Kit, check out "If I Fell," "I'll Follow the Sun," and "Two of Us."

Newer: Neko Case, Jenny Lewis, Iron & Wine.
posted by John Cohen at 3:45 PM on January 30


Lucius! This song has me in knots currently.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 3:49 PM on January 30


Go to Sleep You Little Baby, maybe (and probably some others from the Oh Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack too).
posted by aka burlap at 5:21 PM on January 30


Oh, and just thought of Heavenly Salvation by the Persuasions (but here's a version by an all-female group).
posted by aka burlap at 5:24 PM on January 30


Never expected to be beaten to the punch on Erato! Well played sir!
posted by Iteki at 6:45 PM on January 30 [1 favorite]


Oh, and just thought of Heavenly Salvation by the Persuasions (but here's a version by an all-female group).

Who is this female group? Google-fu failing.
posted by drunkonthemoon at 7:40 PM on January 30


The Carter Family

Wendy & Bonnie - The Winter is Cold
The Dixie Cups - No True Love
The Beach Boys - I Went to Sleep

The last three came to mind because I've seen them covered by The Flat Five (featuring Kelly Hogan and Nora O'Connor, who sing with Neko Case). They do great harmonies.
posted by hydrophonic at 6:21 AM on January 31 [1 favorite]


Who is this female group? Google-fu failing.

Good question. I don't know. That video just came up on the sidebar when I pulled up the Persuasions video.
posted by aka burlap at 4:19 PM on February 1


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