Artist of the Day: This Is The Kit

posted by Matt Jarrells on 11/15/2017

November 15, 2017

Moonshine Freeze is the latest album from British alternative folk act This is the Kit. Kate Sables has been performing as This is the Kit for nearly fifteen years. Following years of recording and performing music, Sables big break came in 2015 when This is the Kit was profiled for a BBC series “Music Box” hosted by Elbow's Guy Garvey. This increased profile coincided with the release of the album, Bashed Out, which was released through Brassland Records, the indie label run by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. The collection featured a studio band made up of musicians from indie bands Beirut, The Gloaming, and The Walkmen.

The title track for Moonshine Freeze was inspired by a children's clapping game that Sables had stuck in her head. This game involved repeating the word moonshine three times and then freezing. For Sables this game was "some kind of powerful spell". In this spell were "ideas about change---how we deal with change and how we relate and live with other people in different situations, how we see and experience things differently at different times, how different numbers can dramatically change a group's dynamic." The album was recorded in Bristol and was produced by longtime PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish.

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