First Aid Kit have released their new single, ‘Out of My Head’.
It’s the lead single from their fifth studio album ‘Palomino’, due 4th November via Columbia Records, and arrives alongside a video directed by Jason Lester that was filmed in and around Dublin.
“We wrote this song last year together with songwriter and producer Björn Yttling,” they explain. “It was the first time we wrote for First Aid Kit with someone else and it was very inspiring. The song was written in the spur of the moment, almost like a stream of consciousness. It’s about feeling stuck inside your own thoughts and desperately wanting to escape. We produced the song with Daniel Bengtson in Stockholm. It has a bit of a different sound from our previous songs. We wanted the production to feel like an old rock song from the 80s. We were inspired by Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush and Tom Petty. This is one of our favorite songs we’ve ever written, we’re so proud of it and are so excited to finally get to share it.”
Of the album, they add: “This is the first record we’ve recorded in Sweden since we made our debut album The Big Black & The Blue 12 years ago! We worked with Swedish producer Daniel Bengtson at his lovely studio Studio Rymden in Stockholm. It was such a fun experience. We really let the recording take time, we didn’t want to rush it.
“The songs were mostly written during the pandemic. In such dark times, music felt like an escape from all the horrible things going on in the world. We wanted this album to feel more upbeat and cheerful than our previous album Ruins, which was a break-up record. It’s probably our most pop sounding record yet. We took inspiration from all over the place – old acts such as Fleetwood Mac, Carole King, Tom Petty, T Rex, Elton John but also Angel Olsen, Whitney, and Big Thief. The title is a reference to freedom, learning how to stand on your own two feet. Growing older and feeling more comfortable in your own skin. Riding off on a Palomino!”
Check out the new track below.
First Aid Kit will tour the UK later this year. Catch them live at the following:
28 Glasgow O2 Academy
30 Manchester O2 Apollo
02 Cambridge Corn Exchange
03 Birmingham O2 Academy
05 Liverpool Eventim Olympia
06 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
08 London Eventim Apollo