Listen: First Aid Kit share cover of ‘Suzanne,’ announce live Leonard Cohen tribute album

'Who by Fire' is set for release on March 26

First Aid Kit have announced that they’ll be releasing a live Leonard Cohen tribute album called Who by Fire, which is set for release on March 26th via Sony Sweden/Columbia Records. As a preview of the collection, they’ve shared their live cover of “Suzanne.”

Four months after Cohen passed away in 2016, the sibling duo hosted a two-night event honouring the folk poet at Sockholm’s Royal Dramatic Theater. Those concerts are what will make up the forthcoming 20-track album, which sees the pair joined by several Swedish musicians including Loney Dear, Jesper Lindell, Maja Francis, and an eight-piece band with a string section and a 20-person choir.

“We recently listened back to this concert and realized that this was something out of the ordinary for us,” First Aid Kit’s Johanna and Klara Söderberg explain. “It was a challenge to create a performance that wasn’t centered around First Aid Kit songs. It was something we’d never done before, but everything came together so well. Dwelling deeply into Cohen’s world was a pleasure, he was so prolific as both a poet and a songwriter, and everything he ever put out held a very strong standard. He cared immensely for his work. The band, the guest artists, the atmosphere on stage… everyone had a great passion and it felt magical.”

Listen to their cover of “Suzanne” below.
 

 
“We decided not to edit any of the performances,” the Söderbergs continue. “The flaws are part of the live experience. In a time when you sadly can’t go to an actual physical live show, you can listen to this and imagine you were there…”

Check out the Who by Fire tracklist below.
 
Who by Fire Tracklist:

01 – “Tired (feat. First Aid Kit, Nina Zanjani, Maia Hansson-Bergqvist)”
02 – “Suzanne (feat. First Aid Kit)”
03 – “Sisters of Mercy (feat. First Aid Kit, Nina Zanjani, Maia Hansson-Bergqvist)”
04 – “Who by Fire / As The Mist Leaves No Scar (feat. First Aid Kit, Nina Zanjani, Maia Hansson-Bergqvist)”
05 – “Twelve O’Clock Chant (feat. First Aid Kit, Nina Zanjani, Maia Hansson-Bergqvist)”
06 – “Everybody Knows (feat. Frida Hyvönen, First Aid Kit)”
07 – “Avalanche (feat. Loney Dear)”
08 – “The Future (feat. Maia Hansson-Bergqvist, First Aid Kit, Nina Zanjani)”
09 – “Chelsea Hotel No.5 (feat. Jesper Lindell, First Aid Kit)”
10 – “You Want It Darker (feat. First Aid Kit, Nina Zanjani, Maia Hansson-Bergqvist)”
11 – “If It Be Your Will (feat. First Aid Kit)”
12 – “The Asthmatic (feat. Nina Zanjani, Maia Hansson-Bergqvist, First Aid Kit)”
13 – “Famous Blue Raincoat / Anthem (feat. Maja Francis, First Aid Kit, Nina Zanjani)”
14 – “Show Me The Place (feat. Jesper Lindell, First Aid Kit)”
15 – “Hallelujah (feat. Annika Norlin, First Aid Kit)”
16 – “Prayer for Messiah (feat. Klara Söderberg)’
17 – “Bird on the Wire (feat. First Aid Kit )”
18 – “Who by Fire (Reprise) / Letter to Marianne (feat. First Aid Kit, Nina Zanjani, Maia Hansson-Bergqvist)”
19 – “So Long Marianne (feat. First Aid Kit, Frida Hyvönen, Loney Dear, Jesper Lindell, Annika Norlin, Maja Francis, Nina Zanjani, Maia Hansson-Bergqvist)”
20 – “You’d Sing Too (feat. Johanna Söderberg)”