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It was a freezing cold day with a bitter wind. We met Dan and crew by the Create Centre near Cumberland basin. All wrapped up with slightly restricted movement we bravely carried our gear to a spot by the river just in time to catch the last rays of the evening winter sun. Neil was prepared and had brought a flask of tea and Jamie played his record breaking quietest yet so that the acoustic guitars me and Neil were playing could be heard over the drums. But despite the cold it was a lovely experience for us all.
“It’s such a great project and really nice for me personally to think about the harbour, it’s past, present and future and to incorporate it into a musical performance somehow. even if it is just simply being there while we play some songs! To go through the process of choosing a spot and look around and think about the harbour/river as a space for music was really lovely. Thanks Dan and the Harboured Sounds team for a lovely session by the riverside!”Kate
The beloved musical project of one Kate Stables, This Is The Kit released her third album Bashed Out earlier this year. Produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, it was acclaimed critically and quickly seen as her breakthrough record.Following a summer of touring across Europe, Stables now announces the release of a new EP – ‘Rusty and Got Dusty’ will be released on Jan 8th and we are pleased to share the video for lead track from it, ‘Magic Spell’.
Directed by Sam Wisternoff, the video was created by Wisternoff painstakingly tracing live footage of the band onto paper, using the computer monitor as a lightbox, changing colour for each drawing and editing it all together into a beautiful homage to This Is The Kit.
Kate says the track is a “result of tours all crammed in the car and listening to re-releases of old African groove compilations and Hugh Tracey field recordings. That and a summer or two playing to festival crowds who were well-up for a bit of a dance.”
Additionally, This Is The Kit have been sharing a series of 3-D photos online, made by Joseph Hayes for each song on Bashed Out. Check them out @ThisIsTheKit
This Is The Kit have been in existence since the 00s, moving to Bristol to continue her musical education, before upping sticks and moving to Paris. It was here where her debut album Krulle Bol took shape, recorded and produced by PJ Harvey’s long-standing musical collaborator John Parish. Her second album, 2010’s Wriggle Out The Restless was made in France alongside members of Francois and the Atlas Mountains before final touches from TITK’s extended musical family were added in Bristol, Belgium and several points in between.
Bashed Out features performances from Aaron, his brother Bryce Dessner, Benjamin Lanz (Beirut), Thomas Bartlett (Doveman, The Gloaming) and Matt Barrick (The Walkmen) alongside her regular cast of collaborators (Rozi Plain et al).
Previously hand-picked to support the likes The National, Sharon Van Etten, Iron & Wine and Jose Gonzales, This Is The Kit have confirmed a headline tour for November including London’s Scala.
Having played at several festivals this year including Latitude, Green Man and End of the Road, This Is The Kit will return to the UK for a full tour next month.
“It’s an understated yet absorbing work, full of delicate arrangements that are elegantly swept along by Stables’ gloriously tender vocals” Uncut 9/10
“Get ready to hear a lot more from [Kate Stables]” Stereogum
“A pause from the noise” Noisey
“This is Slow Music: patiently and carefully handcrafted, as though the process was just as important as the result” Pitchfork
“Particularly lovely” The Guardian
“It’s hard to find fault with ‘Bashed Out’, timeless and completely modern all at once. It’s as lucid a record as you’ll hear all year” The Line of Best Fit 8/10
“Obviously special” Q
“’Bashed Out’ takes TITK’s traditional folk to the edge of the avant-garde” NME
“’Bashed Out’, is Stables fully realized, her talent refined in such a way that only the best — the very heart of her being — was pulled out from within.” Consequence of Sound
“This album ought to see Kate Stables recognized as one of the most compelling voices in alt-folk” Drowned in Sound 8/10
“A sublime blend of Appalachian bluegrass-infused pop with vocals, banjo, guitar and the odd bit of whistling” Time Out
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