Soy un Caballo / This Is The Kit – A Travers La Niege (Birchwood Beaker)

7 inch on white vinyl – SOLD OUT

Following on from Soy un Caballo’s last release which saw the hotly tipped Belgian duo’s song Robin given an English translation by Tunng here, this latest single sees them doing a translation of an English song by This is the Kit . Released on white 7” vinyl , this extra-special limited single has Soy Un Caballo’s French version of This Is The Kits’ Birchwood Beaker on the A-side, with the original version on the flip. Soy Un Caballo (Spanish for “I am a horse”) are Belgian couple Thomas Van Cottom and Aurelie Muller , who write and perform songs of exquisite fragility. They record them in Brussels with an amazing line up of musicians such as Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (Will Oldham) and producer Sean O’Hagan (The High Llamas).

This is the Kit is the project of Kate Stables who was discovered whilst touring and playing concerts in Paris with the likes of the National, Elysian Fields, Jose Gonzales, Clogs and Jeffrey Lewis. BBC Radio One’s Huw Stephens has called her one of the ‘rising female stars’ of the modern folk movement, and her Two Wooden Spoons single was released on Rob Da Bank’s label Sunday Best. Birchwood Beaker is taken from Kate’s last album Krulle Bol , which was produced by composer and PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish.

“ We’ve had a kind of love at first sight with this song,” says, Thomas Van Cottom about Birchwood Beaker , “It’s magic, pure, and Kate’s voice makes you feel close to a flying angel!” After translating the song into French they wanted to evoke a feeling of wood and snow in their arrangements, “The idea was to build a movie scene,” says Thomas. It’s fascinating to hear the two treatments – This Is the Kit’s delicate autumnal warmth, and the Belgians’ wintry atmospheric horn arrangement.

“Soy Un Caballo have taken her song ‘Birchwood Beaker’ and made it their own. Its haunting arrangements and enigmatic vocals make for 4.43 minutes of pure music bliss.” (SoundsXP)

“I wouldn’t say I prefer one over the other, because they’re almost entirely different songs, and it’s remarkable to hear the two versions in succession. This is a credit to both Kate, for the quality of songwriting, and Soy Un Caballo, for the quality of their musicianship and sensitive yet very different interpretation of her material. Truly lovely.” (Whisperin and Hollerin)

“These are gorgeous little collaborations, the sort of thing that makes your day that bit brighter” (The Daily Growl)

Soy Un Caballo (Spanish for “I am a horse”) are a Belgian couple who write and perform songs of exquisite fragility, and record them in Brussels with an amazing line up of musicians such as Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (Will Oldham), members of Raymondo and producer Sean O’Hagan (The High Llamas).

Aurelie Muller and Thomas Van Cottom now release their Soy Un Caballo debut album in North America, titled “Les Heures De Raison”. The band have performed throughout the UK, Belgium, France and Spain and look forward to arriving in the United States this Spring.

You may have already caught a glimpse of Soy Un Caballo featured in Blogotheque’s “Take Away Show” or maybe you heard Aurelie’s collaboration with Bright Eye’s Conor Oberst.

PITCHFORK: Call it global village music: on “La Chambre”, Belgian boy/girl duo Soy un Caballo (Spanish translation: “I’m a horse”) and Louisville’s Will Oldham sing … Oldham and Aurélie Muller sound weightless and content…(full review here)

THE WIRE: …smooth harmonies and a smoother pop sensibility…as sophisticated as a Parisian boulevard as diffident as exhaled Gauloise smoke, as cool as Jean-Paul Satre and as romantic as the Left Bank. – Nick Southgate

TIMBRE OBSCURA REVIEW: I find it hard to describe just how much I like this band and their album “Les heures de raison” is an absolute triumph. Probably the most refreshing, enlightening and engaging collection of music I’ve heard for some time…(full review here)

NEW NOISE: Neither Spanish nor French, this international melange sees Belgian girl/boy duo Aurelie Muller and Thomas Van Cottom, combine forces with Louisville’s Will Oldham with breathtaking results. Delicate and frail, Soy Un Caballo’s (”I am a horse” in Spanish) music is calm and uplifting…(full review here)

LISTEN TO EUROPE: We know: every album we review on the Listen To Europe website is worth of listening to it. But boys and girls, believe us if we say that YOU SHOULD REALLY try to get your hands on Les Heures De Raison, the first album of the Brussels based duo Soy Un Caballo (I Am A Horse)…(full review here)