AOTY 2020

Off Off On

This Is The Kit - Off Off On
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2020 Ratings: #377 / 769
User Score
Based on 43 ratings
Liked by 1 person
October 23, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Rough Trade / Label
Indie Folk / Genres
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Stables is a lucid lyricist, her words powerful and imagistic whether she's inspired by the negative inner voices on "This Is What You Did" or referencing her beloved Ursula K Le Guin on "Was Magician". The result is unshowily spectacular.
This Is The Kit have developed a peculiar intra band empathy with guitars, bass, drums and occasional horns responding to the rhythm of Kate Stables' vocal cadences.
The autumnal and introspective elements work beautifully with the sense of unease that many people are experiencing right now.
Under The Radar

Compositionally, Off Off On finds Stables at the top of her game to date.

The Line of Best Fit
Off Off On is undoubtedly This Is The Kit’s best work yet - clever lyrics, clashing instrumentals and unique vocal patterns create a dizzying and heady album that feels as refreshing as it does personal.
The Independent

Off Off On stakes out the Winchester-born, Paris-based Stables as one of the most original and musically gifted artists of today.


In spite of its musical intricacy, This Is the Kit remains a relatable portal into the human experience and Off Off On is as appealing as anything Stables has ever released.

The album takes us on a journey via warm melodies and spoonfuls of sleepy, mindful music. It is full of nicely woven songs that are also life-affirming and gracious.
Loud and Quiet

On Off Off On, whilst the emotional range of its predecessor may be slightly narrowed, there’s a commitment to broadening the sonic palette that frames Stables’ writing.

The Sydney Morning Herald
“Wasn’t ready, slower learner,” she coos, “But the power, was in her.” And it’s in this kind of storytelling, combining the abstract metaphors of folk with the poetry of country, that the record shines.
God Is in the TV

Off Off On is a consistently beautiful, well written and produced record but despite its clear qualities it has joined the pantheon of overlong LPS.

Lulling and soothing. Another beautiful album by Kate Stables.
This is the kit is the kind of artist that really deserves to be looked at. Whether it is in terms of musicality or his talent as a lyricist, there is always something interesting.

This album is no exception to the rule and this is especially true for the first part of the album which contains a lot of folk nuggets.

One of the concerns of This is the kit is that at certain moments in his albums, there is a certain repetition and some length (on this one, there is keep going) that prevents ... read more
This is the Kit - Off Off On

Genre: Indie Folk
Country: UK

Final Verdict: 60% (Good Album)
Yearly Ranking: 402th / 942

Highlight: Found Out

Made me think of:
Tori Amos
Cat Power
Fiona Apple
Beautiful play for driving outside the mountains on a Fall morning, but doesn’t hold up as well otherwise.

Top song: Coming to Get You Nowhere
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Track List

  1. Found Out
  2. Started Again
  3. This Is What You Did
  4. No Such Thing
  5. Slider
  6. Coming To Get You Nowhere
  7. Carry Us Please
  8. Off Off On
  9. Shinbone Soap
  10. Was Magician
  11. Keep Going
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Added on: June 30, 2020