Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: “An Intention”

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Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: “An Intention”

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith makes electronic music with an incredibly humanist, organic touch. Part of that is due to her use of Buchla synthesizers, which requires hands-on, real-time control instead of pre-programming (it ends up looking like NASA mission control crossed with an art studio). On last year’s EARS, Smith used these free-flowing sounds to create a beatless, abstract aesthetic that has more in common with jazz than traditional, tempo-driven electronic music.

Smith returns later this year with The Kid, a concept album that follows the lifespan of an archetypal person. In the past, her voice was another abstracted instrument, but here it takes on a new focus. “I feel everything at the same time,” she sings on “An Intention,” marking the beginning of a life cycle with a wondrous mixture of microscopic and cosmic textures. Somewhat coincidentally, I rewatched 2001: A Space Odyssey a few nights ago. Smith makes Kubrickian music, something that’s deserving of pure experience more than analysis.

“An Intention” appears on The Kid, out October 6 via Austin-based Western Vinyl.

–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX