A fuzzy, lo-fi cut that flutters with a gentle sense of magnetism, “Wishing Well” is the first single to be taken from ‘Idiot Check’.
This is an ambient and atmospheric new LP that sees David Kitt put an eclectic spin on traditional folk music.
Of the new track Kitt explains:
“Wishing Well” relates to the void left by the decline of religious institutions and what we turn to in the absence of faith and superstition. These are the themes that recur throughout the record on both micro, personal levels and macro, societal levels.”
Fusing gentle acoustic sensibilities with flickering electronics and earnest storytelling, he adds:
“The song is about being on the run from your memories and your past, and those memories fading, morphing and appearing in dreams. Are you running from yourself or something other than yourself? Some ghostly spectre that you can’t really pinpoint?”
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 twenty years immersed in music and new LP ‘Idiot Check’ is no different.
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.
As Kitt explains:
“The lack of environmental noise and distractions, and being 30 seconds from the Atlantic Ocean all created the perfect environment to get the job done. It still continues to be a source of great inspiration, succour and the principal driving force in what’s been a genuine purple patch for me.”
Blending acoustic and electronic elements with deft precision, the record showcases both the diverse circumstances of its inception and Kitt’s personal breadth as a songwriter and producer.
The artist adds:
“Many of the songs were started in a pre-Covid world, but when Covid happened it gave the half-finished songs a new hue as if they were from some former version of reality, and this led to all sorts of creative inspiration that was quite unexpected. The pandemic gave everything the quality of a remote dream that was somehow really healthy for my imagination and made finishing them much easier and more creative than expected.”
Exploring a range of themes from the breakdown of relationships, to socio-political issues and the absence of religion, ‘Idiot Check’ feels like a record that is undeniably current, yet glints with a permanence that ensures its tracks will stand the test of time.
The new album 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 including “‘Till The End”. 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 RE:WARM Records in March 2023, David Kitt will also be heading out on an extensive UK and Ireland tour this Spring. With a run of headline dates alongside support shows with David Gray, find 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