Genre-bending Irish musician and producer DAVID KITT has shared two new tracks ahead of the release of his ninth studio album ‘Idiot Check’, out 31st March 2023 via RE:WARM.
Following January’s single release “Wishing Well”, David Kitt shares two new tracks today: “Till the End” and “Balances” (both featuring Katie Kim).
Of the AA-side release, Kitt says: “I decided to release ‘till the end/balances’ as a double a-side digital single because they come together on the album and they feel thematically and musically connected. They’re both abstract songs that explore commitment, memory, the miracle of endless love and the transformative powers of awe and wonder. They both feature Katie Kim on vocals, her vocals on till the end really transformed the song and made it one of my favourite pieces of music that I’ve ever been involved in. Thanks Katie!”
Taken from his ninth studio album ‘Idiot Check’ (out 31 March via RE:WARM), Kitt’s latest sees him tap into a diverse range of influences once more to create an ambient and atmospheric record that puts an eclectic experimental spin on traditional folk music.
Produced and recorded by Kitt himself using his “Breaking Bad mobile studio set-up”, the album was written between 2016 and 2022 in Dublin, Paris, and eventually the remote town of Ballinskelligs in south-west Kerry, where the artist moved during the pandemic and has stayed ever since. Finding inspiration in “the lack of environmental noise and distractions” while based just 30 seconds from the Atlantic Ocean, the record blends acoustic and electronic elements with expert precision — showcasing both the diverse circumstances of its inception and Kitt’s personal breadth as a songwriter and producer.
Exploring everything from the breakdown of relationships to socio-political issues and the absence of religion, ‘Idiot Check’ is both undeniably current yet glints with a permanence that ensures its tracks will stand the test of time. From the fuzzy, lo-fi “Wishing Well” fluttering with a gentle sense of magnetism, to the infectious and upbeat “Not So Soon”, and jovial, traditional folk cut “Balances”, ‘Idiot Check’ is an evergreen album as experimental as it is ageless.
The record also sees Kitt joined by a number of special guests including Dylan Lynch of Dublin alt-pop band Soda Blonde on drums on “Wave of Peace” and regular collaborator Katie Kim providing backing vocals on several tracks.. In a real coup, he also managed to enlist the services of reclusive Canadian singer-songwriter Mary Margaret O’Hara on “Oh Folly”, with her vocals providing a spooky foil over the haunting track.
With ‘Idiot Check’ confirmed for release on 31 March 2023 via RE:WARM Records, David Kitt will also be embarking on an extensive UK and Ireland tour throughout the Spring. Full dates and details below.
DAVID KITT UK AND IRELAND LIVE DATES 2023
27 LONDON Union Chapel
01 CORK Opera House*
02 WEXFORD National Opera House*
04 DUBLIN National Concert Hall*
05 DUBLIN National Concert Hall*
07 LONDON Union Chapel*
31 CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach
01 BOURNEMOUTH Bad Hand Warehouse
02 BIRMINGHAM Hare & Hounds
03 MANCHESTER Yes
04 LEEDS Headrow House
05 NEWCASTLE Cluny 2
06 EDINBURGH Sneaky Petes
07 GLASGOW Nice N Sleazy
15 DUBLIN Whelans
20 GALWAY Roisin Dubh
21 CORK Coughlans
22 WATERFORD Electric Avenue
23 DUNDALK Spirit Store
29 BELFAST The Duncairn
30 DERRY Echo Echo Dance
05 LEAP Connollys
06 KILKENNY Cleeres
11 BRISTOL The Love Inn
12 BRIGHTON The Great Escape
13 BRIGHTON The Great Escape
14 SHEFFIELD The Yellow Arch
17 LONDON Jazz Cafe
27 BALLYCOTTON Sea Church
*supporting David Gray
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A unique and sincere songwriter with an expert ability to meld inspirations, eras, and sounds, David Kitt’s music glimmers with a sense of timelessness well-earned after over 20 years immersed in music.
His inconspicuous debut album ‘Small Moments’ was a slow-burn collection of lo-fi recordings that crept up on the record-buying public in 2000, helping to re-establish vaunted indie label Rough Trade in the process. Breakthrough success followed in 2001 with sophomore LP ‘The Big Romance’ and in 2002 Kitt even appeared at the David Bowie-curated Meltdown Festival in London.
Follow-up album ‘Square 1’ debuted atop the Irish charts in the balmy summer of 2003, and Kitt’s initial success aligned him with a then-burgeoning scene of radio-friendly indie and folk breakthrough acts, including David Gray, with whom Kitt has regularly toured alongside as a supporting musician.
Quickly broadening his sphere of influences, next releases ‘The Black and Red Notebook’ and ‘Not Fade Away’ saw Kitt traverse everything from optimistic, MPC-driven hip-hop to melancholic Arthur Russell-esque funk and the more traditional, yet still ambitious, folk of his heritage.
A long history of supporting and then playing with acclaimed rock group Tindersticks lead to Kitt officially joining the group in 2010, and in 2017 he released ‘From Night to Night’, his debut album under the alias New Jackson. Throughout his expansive career, Kitt has attracted praise from the likes of NME, Louder Than War, The Irish Times, The Guardian, Golden Plec, Pitchfork and more. He’s DJed at some of the world’s most celebrated clubs and festivals, including Berlin’s Berghain and the forward-thinking Belfast festival AVA. As a remixer, he’s also provided memorable edits for major pop and dance artists including The XX, Mano Le Tough and Shit Robot.
NEW LP: ‘IDIOT CHECK’ OUT 31 MARCH 2023
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