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Kate Stables is a chanteuse. As the front woman of her passion project This Is The Kit, the folksy Brit has elevated her new album, Bashed Out, to new depths. Aaron Dessner, best known for his work with The National, produced the album. He recruited session players like Matt Barrick (The Walkmen) and Ben Lanz (Beirut, The National). The touring band also played in studio. And something clicked. While production quality is great, there is blood, organic matter that runs throughout the album. Something that only happens when artists are in sync.

Bashed Out plays with elements of '90s alt-rock and psychedelia. More importantly, electronic elements weave in at all the right times. This allows for a comprehensive album to retain its folk pedigree. In the indie world, electronics are becoming more and more the norm; some bands actively rebel against this and stick to dust and leaves. Yet, this album is not a forced mating.

Take the track 'Silver John'. It combines traditional instrumentation with an electronic tapestry that sounds like an accordion playing a string line. This all of course supports Ms. Stables' silken vocals. She is able to sing about fear of death and the unknown with such heartbreaking beauty. The song's electronically dominated outro wholesomely blossoms. This easily threads into the banjo plucks of the next track, 'Spores'. Soundscapes on Bashed Out, no matter the instrumentation, meld into a cohesive entity.

The title track, and first single, is a stormy sea. The finger picked guitar and crooning vocals play tug of war with a rolling percussion of distant thunder. Ms. Stables sings, "And so the outside, it bashes us in/ Bashes us about a bit" and "Blessed are those who see and are silent." There is a heaviness that surrounds the album as a whole, and at times it can be daunting. There are moments when the album is a bit slow, but again, this is purposeful. All of it is.

Bashed Out is carefully curated. This album, more than anything else she's created, has the potential for true commercial success. But keep this in mind, Kate Stables is more Mark Rothko than Jackson Pollock. Don't even bring up Warhol. This album is about the layers that play out in a minimalist way. Each brush stroke, each note, is purposeful. This album doesn't scream "listen to me", it gently draws you in.

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