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This Is the Kit

Alternative-folk act This Is the Kit's rise to recognition was a slow and steady one. The name was essentially an alias for British musician Kate Sables, along with regular contributors among the ever-revolving ones. She was born and raised in the English town of Winchester, and was absorbed by music at an early age, learning both trumpet and guitar. It was here that she met Rozi Plain, who would become both a solo artist and a regular member of This Is the Kit, along with Jesse D. Vernon. Sables moved to Bristol in 2003, and spent more time invested in music and less time on conventional jobs. It was here that she met many of the musicians she would collaborate with in the future, and also where she cut her first record, Krulle Bol, with John Parish (PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse) in 2008. She eventually made the move to Paris, and gave up other employment altogether so she could focus on her music career. This Is the Kit got their first publicity boost when Rob da Bank's Sunday Best Recordings label selected the track "Wooden Spoons" for their Folk Off compilation album. The song was received so warmly that the label then decided to release the track as a 7" single. Their sophomore effort, Wriggle Out the Restless, followed in 2010, but despite the strong single "Spinney" and favorable reviews, it didn't really build up their profile. It would be five years until the tide turned for Sables and company, but 2015 proved to be a breakthrough year for the band. The previous year they had begun to record what would become their third album with the National's Aaron Dessner. He recruited a number of notable musicians to come into the studio and work on the record, including his brother Bryce, Matt Barrick (the Walkmen), Benjamin Lanz (Beirut, Sufjan Stevens), and Thomas Bartlett (Doveman, the Gloaming). Bashed Out was released in 2015 on Dessner's Brassland Records label to widespread critical acclaim. That year, the band received support from BBC 6 DJs such as Elbow frontman Guy Garvey, who hosted an episode of Music Box devoted to them. They toured extensively in support of Bashed Out, and regularly supported acts like the National, Iron and Wine, and Sharon Van Etten. Their fourth record marked a shift from the previous album, as it was recorded in her adopted home of Paris. They reunited with Parish to produce the record, and it was released through Rough Trade. Moonshine Freeze was released in 2017, with the title track acting as the lead single. ~ Bekki Bemrose
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This Is the Kit

  1.   Song
  2.   Les Plus Beaux
  3.   Bashed Out
  4.   Earthquake
  5.   Silver John
  6.   Moon
  7.   Sometimes the Sea
  8.   Solid Grease
  9.   We Are In
  10.   Moonshine Freeze
  11.   Cold and Got Colder
  12.   Two Pence Piece
  13.   Easy on the Thieves
  14.   Two Wooden Spoons
  15.   By My Demon Eye
  16.   Riddled With Ticks
  17.   Bullet Proof
  18.   La Peregrinación
  19.   Christmas Time Is Here
  20.   Nits
  21.   Magic Spell
  22.   Vitamins
  23.   Waterproof
  24.   Trick You
  25.   The Turnip
  26.   See Here
  27.   Easy Pickings
  28.   Spinney
  29.   Misunderstanding
  30.   Empty No Teeth
  31.   Treehouse
  32.   Louis Blanc to Place des Fetes on the Paris Metro
  33.   All In Cahoots
  34.   Spores All Settling
  35.   Jack-A-Roe
  36.   White Ash Cut
  37.   Tunnel
  38.   Show Me So
  39.   Hotter Colder
  40.   Sleeping Bag
  41.   Paris to Calais on the Eurostar
  42.   All Written Out in Numbers

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