Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
02 Jun 2017
“Beguiling Kaleidoscopic Spiritual Synth Visions” – Mojo
“…one of the most pioneering musicians in the world” – Dazed*
Composer, performer, and producer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s 2016 album EARS is an immersive listening experience.
Created on analog synthesisers, this is a patch-work of dizzying swirls and organic electronic sounds, working together to create a sense of three-dimensional space and propulsion.
Dense and carefully crafted, each of the songs on EARS unfolds with a fluid elegance, while maintaining a spontaneous energy, and a sprightly sense of discovery.
Listeners familiar with her previous album Euclid (an album that prompted Dazed to call her “…one of the most pioneering musicians in the world.“ ) will no doubt notice her heavier use of vocals on EARS. On all but one song, her gently ecstatic swells of vocals emerge to soar over a dense jungle of synths and woodwinds.
Much of the album’s warmth and energy stems from Smith’s use of the versatile analog synthesizer, the Buchla Music Easel. According to Smith, “…nothing compares to the sound of a Buchla. In my mind a Buchla synthesizer has the most human sound in it. I wanted to show the Easel’s versatility and range of motion within a live set. I also wanted to spend as little time as possible in front of the computer during the creation.”
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – EARS – released in 2016
‘Best album of the year’ reviews
Redbull – Best Experimental Albums of 2016 #1
Pitchfork – Best Experimental Album of 2016
The Quietus – Top 40 Albums of 2016 #36
Rolling Stone – Top 50 Albums of 2016 #12