“It’s an understated yet absorbing work, full of delicate arrangements that are elegantly swept along by Stables’ gloriously tender vocals” Uncut 9/10
“Get ready to hear a lot more from [Kate Stables]” Stereogum
“This is Slow Music: patiently and carefully handcrafted, as though the process was just as important as the result” Pitchfork
“Particularly lovely” The Guardian
“It’s hard to find fault with ‘Bashed Out’, timeless and completely modern all at once. It’s as lucid a record as you’ll hear all year” The Line of Best Fit 8/10
“Obviously special” Q
“’Bashed Out’ takes TITK’s traditional folk to the edge of the avant-garde” NME
“’Bashed Out’, is Stables fully realized, her talent refined in such a way that only the best — the very heart of her being — was pulled out from within.” Consequence of Sound
“This album ought to see Kate Stables recognized as one of the most compelling voices in alt-folk” Drowned in Sound 8/10
“A sublime blend of Appalachian bluegrass-infused pop with vocals, banjo, guitar and the odd bit of whistling” Time Out
The beloved musical project of one Kate Stables, This Is The Kit released her third album Bashed Out earlier this year. Produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, it was acclaimed critically and quickly seen as her breakthrough record.
This Is The Kit also feature on ‘Music Box with Guy Garvey’, a new BBC documentary series hosted by the Elbow frontman and 6Music presenter. In each episode Garvey will feature a hand-selected favorite artist. Garvey was very vocal that This Is The Kit’s last record should have been Mercury Prize nominated — and their album Bashed Out is now hotly tipped to be among the shortlist nominees to be announced this October. On the show, Kate performs ‘Spores’ and older track ‘Two Wooden Spoons’.
This Is The Kit have been in existence since the 00s, moving to Bristol to continue her musical education, before upping sticks and moving to Paris. It was here where her debut album Krulle Bol took shape, recorded and produced by PJ Harvey’s long-standing musical collaborator John Parish. Her second album, 2010’s Wriggle Out The Restless was made in France alongside members of Francois and the Atlas Mountains before final touches from TITK’s extended musical family were added in Bristol, Belgium and several points in between.
Bashed Out features performances from Aaron, his brother Bryce Dessner, Benjamin Lanz (Beirut), Thomas Bartlett (Doveman, The Gloaming) and Matt Barrick (The Walkmen) alongside her regular cast of collaborators (Rozi Plain et al).
“The main reason for doing what I do is the exchange with other people—musical exchange yes, and other exchanges too. A hello and a handshake and the constant opportunity to learn from the knowledge and experience of others. As far as I can work out, the only thing worth doing in life is meeting, helping and swapping stories and experiences and resources with other people. Doing, making, learning.”