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This Is the Kit

This Is the Kit's rise to recognition was as slow and steady as the subtle, quiet way their alternative folk seeped into an ever-increasing audience's consciousness. 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 on 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 same year, the band received huge support from BBC 6 Music DJs Lauren Lavern, Mary Anne Hobbs, Cerys Matthews, and Marc Riley. Elbow frontman and 6 Music DJ Guy Garvey had long been a supporter of the band, and in the same year he 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 following their recent signing. 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.   Christmas Time Is Here
  3.   Moonshine Freeze
  4.   Earthquake
  5.   Show Me So
  6.   Easy on the Thieves
  7.   Tunnel
  8.   The Turnip
  9.   Waterproof
  10.   Bullet Proof
  11.   Moon
  12.   We Are In
  13.   Treehouse
  14.   Two Wooden Spoons
  15.   La Peregrinación
  16.   Jack-A-Roe
  17.   Cold and Got Colder
  18.   Nits
  19.   Silver John
  20.   Magic Spell
  21.   Vitamins
  22.   Trick You
  23.   Easy Pickings
  24.   Bashed Out
  25.   Spinney
  26.   Misunderstanding
  27.   White Ash Cut
  28.   All Written Out in Numbers
  29.   Paris to Calais on the Eurostar
  30.   All In Cahoots
  31.   See Here
  32.   Louis Blanc to Place des Fetes on the Paris Metro
  33.   Les Plus Beaux
  34.   Riddled With Ticks
  35.   By My Demon Eye
  36.   Solid Grease
  37.   Sometimes the Sea
  38.   Spores All Settling
  39.   Two Pence Piece
  40.   Sleeping Bag
  41.   Hotter Colder
  42.   Empty No Teeth

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