This Is the Kit
Sounds Like: Folk music conventions blown up, then vividly reassembled, with jazz and world beat glimmering through the cracks.
For Fans of: Courtney Barnett, Sylvan Esso, Sufjan Stevens
Why You Should Pay Attention: TITK's fourth album, Moonshine Freeze, is the project's first for Rough Trade. Here, experimental folk songs unlock truths occupying the space between dream states and waking life. "Things get said, things get don't," singer and primary songwriter Kate Stables declares in the slowly unfurling "Solid Grease."
"Sometimes a meaning is so much easier to transmit or absorb if you don't use normal sentence structure," the U.K.-bred, Paris-based Stables says. "It's almost like a magic spell or something."
Contributors to Moonshine Freeze include past collaborators John Parish (PJ Harvey, Perfume Genius), who produced 2008's debut Krulle Bol, and Aaron Dessner of the National. Each song teases out Stables' poetic double meanings with arrangements that elevate brass, banjo and immersive harmonies at opportune moments.
They Say: "This album came out of a time of lots of change and intense experiences," says Stables. "You realize what you used to think isn't the case anymore. The inevitable change that hits you in life. Sometimes it hits you and sometimes it creeps up on you.
"I am always choosing. My approach is a bit of collaging different writings I have in a few different notebooks. I really like messing around with the English language. I can't spell, I can't do grammar. But I love playing with words and meanings and the sounds of the words."
Hear for Yourself: Inspired by a child's clapping game, the hypnotic "Moonshine Freeze" is a psychedelic meditation on evolving human behavior. Reed Fischer