On 12” Vinyl or CD. Bashed Out is the outcome of This is the Kit collaborating with Aaron Dessner (The National), the results are a sort of hypnotic and gorgeous slowed down crystal clear rock, with that emotional grit that will keep it stuck in the back of your head. A must for fans of The National, Joni Mitchell, Bon Iver, Caught in the Wake Forever.
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This Is The Kit is the passion project of alt-folk songstress Kate Stables, whose 10-year career has seen her become a master in songwriting, though she's never quite garnered the reverence she deserves. Her new LP, Bashed Out, however, could be a catalyst for commercial success as it reaches new heights, with Stables being typically on form.
With producer Aaron Dessner in tow - who’s best known for his work with The National - and session players like Matt Barrick (The Walkmen) and Ben Lanz (Beirut, The National), Bashed Out is a very intricate and carefully crafted effort. While the production quality is noticeably high, there still remains a raw energy that runs throughout, and you can tell all the artists involved were made for making music together.
By marrying elements of folk and psychedelia with subtle electronic aspects, Bashed Out isn’t your typical alt-folk album, and it’s the little details and idiosyncrasies that make it special, such as the intricate, finger plucked guitar fused with the electronic outro on ‘Silver John’. More and more bands feel the need to experiment electronically now, sometimes failing in the process, but Stables does it without trying to deviate from the authentic folk of yore, making it more of a natural and progressive development.
There’s a melancholic heaviness that pervades the album, but not enough to render it daunting or too intense. Kate Stables’ vocals are typically great and the main quality behind This Is The Kit’s appeal. Layered and beautifully crafted, Bashed Out is testament to Stables' admirable perfectionism and songwriting ability.
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