This Is the Kit (TITK) is the much beloved musical project of Kate Stables, born in England and based in Paris. Bashed Out was produced Aaron Dessner, a member of The National known for both minting indie icons (Sharon Van Etten, Local Natives) and, more recently, becoming a produc- er to stars like Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. The backing band gathered for Bashed Out combines the talents of TITK's touring members alongside session players drawn from the Brooklyn music scene: Bryce Dessner, Thomas Bartlett (Doveman, The Gloaming), Matt Barrick (The Walkmen) and Ben Lanz (Beirut, The National) made key contributions. Since this LP's inital release Kate made significant contributions to The National's 2019 album/film I Am Easy To Find and became a touring member on subsequent live dates. In 2020, Bashed Out's title track became a streaming hit after an impactful needle drop in a key episode of Netflix's Sex Education series. This music is honest, human and humane-a folky-lovely slow-rumble. It's rock but of the groovy, hangover-friendly, stoner variety. Stables's voice hearkens back to the singer-songwriter era-her distinctive, cutting vocals up front in the mix. The Line of Best Fit has the band an "essential fixture of British folk music for the past 10 years... one of a handful of truly innovate songwriters working with the British folk template today."
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