Recently there was a very huffy piece run by a British newspaper about the re-emergence of folk as a grassroots movement, being in identity non corporate, rooted in community and a little unreasonably, somehow purer than the output produced by “phony” revivalists like Mumford & Sons.
Whilst there was no doubting that the Cap’n Jack outfits and wheezy accordion pop of M&S represented something on the edge of palatability, folk both over and under ground has continued to exist before, during and after it was flying off the shelves at ASDA. Kate Stables helmed This Is The Kit through the initial batch of twenty first century mavens such as Tuung and King Creosote; this is their fifth album and one that proves both they and the creatively reinvigorated cabal of players around them are in strong collective shape.
Off Off On is built around songs from a very real Britain seen through the eyes of a Paris resident. Never less than modern, it touches on experiences such as the passing of a friend in hospital and the chest gripping trauma of panic attacks. Stables’ voice is delicate where needed, deft where needed, but the tone is not one of resignation, more of seeking answers in a troubled – and troubling – time. It passes no tests for authenticity, but none are needed.
You can read the full review here.