Folk-rock

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JOE BREEN

THIS IS THE KIT Moon­shine Freeze ★★★★★

Rough Trade “I’ve been think­ing a lot about truth and sto­ry­telling and the way that sto­ries and truth change over time ac­cord­ing to who’s telling them or who’s lis­ten­ing to them,” says Kate Sta­bles, singer, song­writer and an­chor of This Is The Kit, the folk-rock col­lec­tive with roots in Paris and Bris­tol. This in­sight is key to their fourth al­bum. Sta­bles sur­rounds her­self with im­pres­sive and like-minded mu­si­cians such as Rozi Plain while pro­ducer John Par­ish cre­ates a warm elec­tronic folk set­ting. Her voice is ten­der, as­sured, know­ing, res­o­nant. The 11 tracks are mo­ments in time, frag­ments of mem­ory, mys­tery and melody that com­bine to cre­ate an al­most mes­meric ex­pe­ri­ence that re­veals anew on each hear­ing. The cas­cad­ing gui­tar fig­ure in All Writ­ten Out; the soft de­ter­mi­na­tion of

Rid­dled With Ticks; the lilt­ing grace of Be My De­mon’s Eye. And much, much more. Just lend an ear. thi­sis­thekit.co.uk

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