This is the Kit
Released April 7, 2015
I'm going to start this post with a line from the press release from the album because it's the truest words I've heard to describe This is the Kit; 'This music is honest, human and humane—a folky-lovely slow-rumble'.
One listen to "Bashed Out", the title track to This is the Kit's third album and you'll understand why the band delivered of my most favourite ever memories in music back in 2012, a minimal, effortless beauty defines the gorgeous, lyrical folk that This is the Kit have delivered on the live circuit for a good number of years now. Here Kate Stable's serene vocals resonate full of soul and emotion as her pure tones complement sparse, delicate instrumentation and luscious harmonies.
It’s not the end of the spine-tingling moments either, “Misunderstanding” is simply divine and the impeccable "Silver John" swoons around subtle, smooth textures as lush instrumentation and Kate's gorgeous, intimate vocal guide you on the most serene of journeys. You'd be completely forgiven for ignoring that there's talk of not being ready for an impending apocalypse within the lyrics. With music like this, I'm certainly not ready to re-enact The Walking Dead...
"Magic Spell” is the heaviest, most experimental track on the record, with Kate Stables serene, relaxing vocal perfectly understated amongst toe-tapping guitar rhythms that sounds both more expansive then the band have even been before but just as natural and effortless as ever.
The whole album remains cohesive and pure and I could name check pretty much all, both "Spores All Setting" and "Nits" (as quintessentially English titles as you could ask for) sound like they'll offer nasty surprises but instead calm and sooth at almost every corner.
Bashed Out is the sort of record that can only help your mood, so go grab a nice stiff drink, turn your phone to silent and immerse yourself fully within. You won’t regret it.