The latest of our Drift curators' is Kate Stables of This is The Kit. For those of you not aware (you really should be) they put out a superb album called 'Wriggle Out The Restless' last summer on Brassland and were one of our 'suggested listening' picks for Greenman '13. Kate is based in Paris, though the heart of her musical community remains in Bristol. They taped a session for La Blogotheque (for those not in the know, pretty much the best thing on the internet) that you can watch below. As they say themselves, "You thought you didn’t like the banjo but you were wrong pal."
Here are Kate's Eight.
Rachael Dadd - Bite The Moutnain This lady is one of the most prolific and talented and hard working people i've ever had the pleasure of encountering. a beautiful record full of honesty and poetry and far away landscapes and the tapping of toes to a total tune.
The Liftmen - Luftwaffe Pond One of the greatest bristol bands of all time. neil smith who is responsible for the words and music is an incredibly excellent writer of both. his lyrics are straight to the point and the head and the heart. very good true story telling. and they do a very fine line in instrumental pieces also. a must for anyone who's ever been pleased to see a newt.
Frànçois & the Atlas Mountains - Plaine Inondable This album is full of very beautiful arrangements and writings. the first track "friends" is one i can listen to again and again for ever and ever amen. lovely strings. very sensitively assembled. and the tracks they did with the women's basque choir are just great. i love it.
Turn Me Loose: Outsiders of "Old-Time" Not an album i know well, but an album that is often on at my friend sam's house, and an album i intend buy! excellent recordings of some truly great characters. i was very pleased to see it in the shop!
Jeffrey Lewis – A Turn in the Dream-Songs There are hardly any writers these days (who i've come across in any case) who have as much breathtaking talent as jeffrey lewis. this man writes magic. so many of the songs he's written EXACTLY hit the nail on the head. mystifying. this album is quite a darker sadder one and very beautiful indeed. the all seeing wisdom and hardest working work ethic of jeffrey lewis.
Herman Dune - Next Year In Zion very excellent guys from paris who's songs and energy are of the truest of the true. honest writing and good traditional story telling in less then traditional times. from the heart and from dark and tender places also.
Jherek Bischoff - Composed This one is a total catch. jherek bischoff has a beautiful talent with writing and arranging.
listening to this album like standing on the top of a very high place and looking out over the world and all it's secrets.
John Parish - Screenplay John Parish is one of my favourite favourite composers. i have a huge amount of respect for anyone who can do such a good job of instrumental compositions. takes a special type of understanding of the world inside and out. it's very nice that there's finally a collection available of some of his music for film. most enjoyable.