Praise for Moonshine Freeze
“This Is The Kit offer yet another musical hug for your ears.” – The Brag ★★★★
“…up close, Stables’ voice burrows into the ears, sounding direct and sweet, like a dear old friend you’re reconnecting with, or a more grounded Cat Power.” – The Guardian
“Moonshine Freeze is finally the sound of a storyteller of a musician finding her niche. And it is a joy to behold.” – Drowned In Sound 9/10
This Is The Kit have today released their new album Moonshine Freeze via Rough Trade / Remote Control Records.
This Is The Kit – the musical project which holds exceptional Paris-via-Bristol songwriter Kate Stablesclose to its heart – have earned the adoration of peers including Guy Garvey, The National and Sharon van Etten. Their new album and Rough Trade debut, Moonshine Freeze, is undoubtedly their most compelling and accomplished to date. Produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, M Ward, Perfume Genius), it began in the immediate wake of its predecessor, Bashed Out, when days after coming off tour last November, Stables and her band (Rozi Plain, Jamie Whitby-Coles, Neil Smith and Jesse D Vernon) headed into the studio in Bristol. Aaron Dessner of The National also features on six of the album tracks.
Though the album’s songs were already written before heading into the studio, Stables says she had no fierce vision for how they should sound, preferring to let them take shape with the input of her band and Parish. “I’m not yet someone who says ‘I want this album to sound like an 80’s French nightclub’,” she says. “All I can do is write the songs and then step back from them and see what themes or patterns there are, then bring those patterns out so it’s a coherent piece of work, sonically and in terms of feeling.” Sonically, Moonshine Freeze is a beguiling mixture of great musical sophistication and something more guileless — children’s games, songs, incantations and snatches of nursery rhymes. Stables’ voice too is a remarkable thing: in its angles there lies an exquisite strangeness reminiscent of Will Oldham, Magnolia Electric Co, Robert Wyatt, Karen Dalton.
The first 500 orders of the LP or CD from the Rough Trade Webstore will receive an exclusive This Is The Kit tea towel and 6 special postcards photographed by Kate using a pinhole camera. The LP is pressed onto limited red vinyl.
Watch the band performing Moonshine Freeze‘s stunning title track in a new Rough Trade Session (more tracks from that coming soon) via the image below.
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This Is The Kit – Moonshine Freeze is out now
via Rough Trade / Remote Control