THIS IS THE KIT Share track + live video ‘Was Magician’

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THIS IS THE KIT Share track + live video 'Was Magician'

This is The Kit have shared new single ‘Was Magician’ alongside a live performance video. The single comes from her upcoming album Off Off On, out on Rough Trade Records / Remote Control on October 23rd, 2020. The video was recorded and filmed by Lyon Sound and Vision at L’Epicerie Morderne in France and remotely directed from NYC by Marisa Gesualdi.

‘Was Magician’ is both a wander through the books of author Ursula K. Le Guin and a meditation on the gifts and powers that people have, and what happens when they are underestimated. This Is The Kit’s Kate Stables explains, “Often it’s children who have underestimated powers. They have an understanding and wisdom about things that we think beyond their abilities, they are often leaps and bounds ahead of the ‘adults’. People like Greta Thunberg – the young people who we have borrowed the earth from and who we have to give it back to, and hope that they will take better care of it than we have.”

Stables worked on Off Off On with producer Josh Kaufman, New York-based member of Bonny Light Horseman & Muzzwho has also collaborated with The Hold Steady, The National and most recently Taylor Swift. The two first met when working with Anaïs Mitchell on a cover of the Osibisa song ‘Woyaya‘, their paths later crossing at the PEOPLE residencies in Berlin and Brooklyn.

“We were on the same page about a lot of musical ideas, as well as doing things I wouldn’t do musically,” Stables explains of working with Kaufman“It was a lovely mixture of ‘you’re exactly in my brain and exactly at the opposite end of my brain.’” The band, completed by Rozi Plain (bass/vocals), Neil Smith (guitar), Jesse D Vernon (guitar, keyboards), Jamie Whitby-Coles (drums/vox) recorded Off Off On in Wiltshire, UK’s Real World Studios, finishing just in time for everyone to get home before lockdown began in March.

‘Was Magician‘ is the third single to be released from the upcoming album, following earlier tracks ‘This Is What You Did’ which was added to Double J rotation and ‘Coming to get you Nowhere’ premiered by Triple R’s Breaking and Entering.

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This Is The Kit – Off Off On is Friday 23 October via Rough Trade / Remote Control

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