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Into The Trees
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6/5/2012

Kathryn Bint follows her perfectly-formed debut Until (2008) with an album that reveals her remarkable range as a musician and songwriter. Bint was born in Australia, grew up in Chicago, and moved to London nine years ago, where she began writing songs in earnest. After the release of Until, she got together with Henry Scowcroft and Lucy Jamieson, with whom she toured Europe and played festival dates. On this record, her tender vocals still send husky shivers down the spine, but Into The Trees is so much more than beautiful folk songs. Produced by Kieran Hebden (Four Tet), Into The Trees weaves a fabric of different sounds, united by Bint's elegiac voice and strong storytelling. Radiohead's Colin Greenwood lends the album his bass powers, and tracks like "Paper Planes" and "I Know" rock with a swagger that surprises and yet fits perfectly with the whole. The musicianship of Scowcroft and Jamieson is on full display as the record moves deftly from the acoustic warmth of "Hold You Down" to the sunshine pop of "Simmer Down Simmer" to the dreamy synth of final track "Synthesizer." Hebden's touch is a delicate one; there is a modesty and clarity to these songs that speaks to the confidence and judgment of those involved. "If You Ask" is so simple and clean that no extra seasoning is required. This is an optimistic record in which "hope stretches out like a leaf." Recorded in 2010 at Bryn Derwen studios in North Wales, while Bint was pregnant with her first child, these songs are imbued with a tangible determination and hope.