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Trash Kit are a three-piece comprising of Rachel Aggs (Shopping, Scared Paws), Rachel Horwood (Bas Jan, Shopping, Bamboo) and Gill Partington. Horizon is their third album and first in five years. With the members being active in many other musical projects, lots of influences feed into the Trash Kit sound, but it’s fair to say that The Raincoats and Sleater Kinney have been fairly influential here.

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Horizon by Trash Kit
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9/10 Will 03 July 2019

Combining West African rhythms, close harmonies, and afrobeat guitars, Trash Kit's third album is a real treat; a sunny record with a definite festival vibe. More than that, it's got flavours of psych, jazz, and even some Latin music leanings. Even as I sit here nursing that Glastonbury Boxing Day feeling, I can feel my shoulders start to twitch slightly in time with the music. I think the afrobeat comparison is the most pertinent one to make. The riff on 'Horizon' could have come straight off 'Dimanche en Bamako' by Amadou & Mariam, with its shifting syncopation and prominence in the song. 

I really like how democratic Trash Kit's songs are; neither vocals or instrumentation are prioritised. There are lots of long instrumental passages and  on occasion Rachel Aggs and Rachel Horwood's chants start to resemble percussion. For instance, the refrain of "sunset" plays the role of a little snare coda in 'Sunset'. 

This album is a proper banger. There are so many amazing aspects like the sung-spoken vocals (that are, incidentally, crying out for a Soulwax remix), the afrobeat guitar, Horwood's amazing polyrhythmic drumming, and the general air of winsome joy that's slightly tempered with melancholy. 'Horizon' is the sound of a celebration that's knows it must inevitably come to an end. 



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