Ireland - Full Moon 48 - 09/13/00
You're lying in long grass by a beach with the sun shining down, you're safe and
warm. The everyday lows and highs of life are floating out to sea and the tide only
sends tranquility back. You gently fall asleep. Peace.
Now obviously the vast majority of you that read this are not going to be in this
position but the state described above can be achieved with the first long player
from Dublin born artist David Kitt. His debut albums weighs in at just over 40 minutes
containing seven tracks. If the reactions to his intimate gigs around Dublin were
anything to go by, Kitt had a huge expectation on his shoulders. Normally such pressures
result in enough over-enthusiasm and over-production to knock you out. This temptation
to succumb to such methods is resisted but has the same effect as the former. The first
time playing the album, the realisation is that this is one for night time. I find myself
asleep within the first two songs and have to start the album on the third track the next
night to hear the rest of the album.
If you couple the vocals of Red House Painter, Mark Kozelek with the acoustic plucks of
Nick Drake, you start to get the effect of this album. From opener There are Words
to closing song "Headphones", so mellow are the songs with gentle beats of the Casio and
melodic guitar pluck, the vocals so closely sung to the microphone you can hear him draw
back the air between lines to create the effect that there is a small band playing in the
corner of the room. The are songs of heartbreak and affectionate devotion, epitomised by
Another Love Song, duetted with Kitt's 10 year old brother - flowing enough to make
Stina Nordenstam sound like the shouting eyebrows from Stereophonics. Whereas this album
is good it does not sound like the summation of what Kitt can do given more time and funding
to dwell on his success. We should, however, be thankful for small mercies.
Save yourself the bus fare to the seaside and buy this album, same effect.
Copyright © 2000 Colm Downes