Albums of 2015 #18 - This is the Kit - Bashed Out

This is the Kit
Bashed Out
Released April 7, 2015
Brassland

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.

This Is The Kit #3 - Magic Spell

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Sorry for the unannounced break. I was away for four days visiting family and returned on Tuesday with a bout of man-flu and coupled with an unusually uninspired period. Fear not, that soon passed, the meh feeling, not the cold that is.

I’ve written previously, at great length, about This Is The Kit and now I return with the release of “Magic Spell”, a track from their recent album Bashed Out but given a make-over ahead of its place as lead track on an EP of the same name due early next year.

This “Magic Spell” is starker and rockier than the album version, with Kate Stables serene, relaxing vocal the perfect antidote to my recent ailments, perfectly cohesive and understated amongst toe-tapping guitar rhythms before causing a long time listener of the band like myself to almost fall out of their chair at the minute mark when swirling synths make an entrance. Fear not old timers, the band and their music remain as natural and effortless as ever. I like the video too. It reminds me of art classes at school. My skills in art class were summed up by my teacher, he called me ‘crappo’ one time... 

This is the Kit #2 - Silver John

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Last month, when I talked about This is the Kit's "Bashed Out" I mentioned how they epitomise all that is good in music to me, that case is reinforced today with the release of the second track taken from their forthcoming LP (also called Bashed Out) "Silver John". 

As effortless and pure as anything you'll hear "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 reenact The Walking Dead...

Bashed Out is released on April 6th and is already destined to be one of my favourite releases of the year, you can pre-order via Bandcamp.

This is the Kit - Bashed Out

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One of my favourite musical moments since I started this blog (and started my label/events as Beautiful Strange) some five years ago now is the half an hour or so I spent listening to Kate Staples, This is the Kit, soundchecking/practicing in the gorgeously intimate surroundings of The Gallery Cafe's Chapel back in May 2012. There was Kate and a member of her band and me. It was as spine-tingling a moment as you could ask for and reinforced exactly why music is so important to me.

Bragging aside, I say that because you tangibly feel some of that intimacy in "Bashed Out", the first single from the bands forthcoming album (of the same name and due April 6th) and first since 2010's Wriggle Out the Restless (I was shocked the track hasn't actually been released before, it's certainly formed part of the This is the Kit live set for a long time). The track, 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's serene vocals resonate full of soul and emotion as her pure tones complement sparse, delicate instrumentation and luscious harmonies. It's simply divine. 

This is the Kit head out on a UK tour in March - full dates.