5 Songs, 15 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Although three of the songs from This Is the Kit’s 1st EP also appear on its 2011 album Where It Lives, keep in mind that these versions are acoustic renditions recorded in the home of singer Kate Stables, sans accompaniment. Stables multitracks her vocal harmonies on the opening “With Her Wheels Again.” She sounds a bit like an English-accented blend of Dirty Projectors' Amber Coffman, Angel Deradoorian, and Haley Dekle—at least until ramshackle percussion seeps in, sounding like cool, old-timey junkyard accompaniment. The more folky and autumnal “Greasy Goose” follows; Stables’ spare inflections show listeners how beautiful she sounds without any vocal augmentation. Over detuned acoustic guitar notes getting tangled up in timeless banjo tones, Stables sings “Krülle Bol” like the musical offspring of the members of Incredible String Band. It’s amazing what a little vocal reverb can do—check out “We Need Our Knees,” where her elongated inflections echo with a resonance that recalls the late, great Sandy Denny under delicate arpeggios and a lonesome-sounding violin.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Although three of the songs from This Is the Kit’s 1st EP also appear on its 2011 album Where It Lives, keep in mind that these versions are acoustic renditions recorded in the home of singer Kate Stables, sans accompaniment. Stables multitracks her vocal harmonies on the opening “With Her Wheels Again.” She sounds a bit like an English-accented blend of Dirty Projectors' Amber Coffman, Angel Deradoorian, and Haley Dekle—at least until ramshackle percussion seeps in, sounding like cool, old-timey junkyard accompaniment. The more folky and autumnal “Greasy Goose” follows; Stables’ spare inflections show listeners how beautiful she sounds without any vocal augmentation. Over detuned acoustic guitar notes getting tangled up in timeless banjo tones, Stables sings “Krülle Bol” like the musical offspring of the members of Incredible String Band. It’s amazing what a little vocal reverb can do—check out “We Need Our Knees,” where her elongated inflections echo with a resonance that recalls the late, great Sandy Denny under delicate arpeggios and a lonesome-sounding violin.

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