The Kick Inside (TKI) is a celebratory tribute to The Songs of Kate Bush by acclaimed art-pop duo Raf and O.
focused on Kate's early career and core essence as a pianist singer songwriter.
Raf Mantelli - Vocals, Piano
O Richard Smith - Double Bass
Kate has given music lovers something to treasure: a great musician and producer, a brilliant composer and an amazing, most unique voice. Doing justice to her music is no light undertaking, The Kick Inside (named after her debut album) relish the challenge and excitement in performing these gems.
Upon her bespoke piano, Raf stunningly captures the detail. The intimacy and ferocity she conveys musically, vocally and visually, skillfully accompanied by O Richard on double bass, transports the listener into the beautiful close-up world of Kate's early songs as if invited into her front room to witness the start of that journey. When lost in the power of these songs it's quite easy to forget that this is just two performers!
The Kick Inside, an acoustic celebration of The Songs Of Kate Bush, is the alter-ego of Raf and O who have marked out their unique and widely acclaimed song and sound world over the last decade. Press includes The Quietus, FACT and Electronic Sound. With special collaborations under their belt, they've played venues such as The Queen Elizabeth Hall and The Union Chapel, composed music for theatre and were praised by Mike Garson, David Bowie’s pianist and long term collaborator for their unique interpretation of Bowie’s Lady Grinning Soul. Currently working on their 4th full length album. Creative crossover artists such as David Bowie and Kate Bush broke the mould showing the oddball can sometimes get through and give inspiration and confidence to believe in following ones own creative voice.
“Alluring, atmospheric duo Raf and O launch their THE KICK INSIDE project - a beautifully realised, heartfelt re-imagining of a Kate Bush who kept on playing live…” Adrian Specs