Released on May 20, 2013
CD, LP, Digital
"Absolutely gorgeous, like an aural bath with the warm water lapping over you" -- Cerys Matthews, BBC 6music
Brassland has reissued This is the Kit's beloved Wriggle Out the Restless in a definitive edition including the "Treehouse" single. Buzz on the group has been building in the UK since Wriggle was first released in 2010, despite the fact that it's spent most of that time languishing almost completely unavailable and out of print. Now being championed by The National's Aaron Dessner, Brassland is reissuing the title for the world to hear, as Aaron continues working on sessions for a new record by the band, following up his sterling recent track record working with Sharon Van Etten and Local Natives.
This album finds frontperson Kate Stables singing, playing guitar, banjo, trumpet and percussion, while a cast of carefully chosen friends deliver guitar strums, banjo plucks, hushed horns and electronic textures that sit beneath Stables' easy, earnest lilt. Her long time collaborator and regular live companion Jesse Vernon produced the album and contributes guitars, violin and percussion. Other credits include Jim Barr on bass, Francois Marry on organ, trumpet and piano, and Rozi Plain on guitar, banjo and clarinet. Gestated over a long period, the album draws on This is the Kit's many musical friends to fill out their delicate music into a full, robust sound.
If you need buzz, here's some buzzzzz.
This is the Kit have already received extensive BBC play from the likes of Gideon Coe, Cerys Matthews, Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Chris Hawkins, Don Letts, Rob Da Bank, Huw Stephens and Marc Riley, who has also done two sessions with the group. And they have become darlings of The Guardian, receiving , and much recent press surrounding their appearance at RTE's Other Voices television show (in collaboration with the Barbican and the BBC).
Vinyl geek note: Mostly unavailable on vinyl since the early 10s, in 2018, Wriggle was reissued in a orange + blue splatter edition of 700 copies for Record Store Day UK. A few black copies were then sold for mailorder via Bandcamp & distributed to a few US record stores. A more democratic re-press is being plotted.