This Is The Kit – Bashed Out // Album Review

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This Is The Kit is not so much a whole band as an alias for Kate Stables, a singer blessed with the sort of luxuriant voice that deserves its own dressing room. Her third album is produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, who plays to her strengths, spotlighting Stables’ glimmering vocal up-close and intimate; an organic folksy performer that breathes sensuality into such unlikely lyrical hooks as “Probably the opposite, in fact” on ‘All In Cahoots’. The backing – all rootsy percussive acoustica, sustained guitar harmonics and music-box effects – submits in loving deference, although when more forceful, as on the beatific ‘Magic Spell’ and ‘Cold & Got Colder’, it helps Stables blossom from silky Sandy Denny into sovereign of rapturous ambient pop.

Buy: This Is The Kit – Bashed Out

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