Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith announces release of new album The Mosaic of Transformation

Synth wizard and composer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith has kept herself busy in recent years, with various projects. Following her 2017 wonderful and kaleidoscopic record The Kid, she founded multidisciplinary imprint Touchtheplants, through which she released Tides: Music for Meditation and Yoga, and the first volumes in her instrumental Electronic Series and pocket-sized poetry books. Smith also continued her sonic exploration of electronic instruments and the link between the physical body and sound and colour. Nurtured by these interests and ventures, Smith has a new album on the way, releasing on May 15th through Ghostly International. Titled The Mosaic of Transformation, Smith describes it as her “expression of love and appreciation for electricity”. The press release notes that “she embraced a daily practice of physical movement, passing electricity through her body and into motion, in ways reflecting her audio practice, which sends currents through modular synthesizers and into the air through speakers.” Smith also described her experience:

“The inspiration came to me in a sudden bubble of joy. It was accompanied by a multitude of shapes that were moving seamlessly from one into the other…My movement practice has been a constant transformation piece by piece. I made this album in the same way. Every day I would transform what I did yesterday…into something else. This album has gone through about 12 different versions of itself.”

In anticipation of the album release, Smith has shared the celestial closing track, ‘Expanding Electricity’, clocking in at 10 minutes. Take a listen.

Mixtape #96

We're thrilled to have composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Kaada curating this month's mixtape. He conquered our ears a long time ago with his numerous and diverse projects spanning a wide range of genres, from classical to avant-garde, to rock and electronic. Member of the band Cloroform, he also frequently collaborates with Mike Patton and composes film scores as well as producing his own solo works, the latest of which, just out last week, is the utterly sublime album Closing Statements. Here's a few words from Kaada to accompany his magnificent sonic selection from traditional and modern classical composers.

"This playlist represents the music that I have been listening to the last month, and tracks that I have drawn inspiration from as i am working on my current projects. These are all really great tracks, to my ears."

  1. Donnacha Dennehy: Nadia Sirota, Liam Byrne – Part 2 [Bedroom Community]
  2. Ben Lukas Boysen – You’ll Miss Us One Day [Ad Noiseam / Erased Tapes]
  3. Roomful of Teeth (Caroline Shaw) – Partita for 8 singers – Part 2 Sarabande [New Amsterdam Records]
  4. Lutosławski (Alexander Liebreich & Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra) – Musique funèbre à la mémoire de Béla Bartók: Prolog Prologue [Accentus Music]
  5. Owen Pallett – Lewis Takes Off His Shirt [Domino]
  6. John Tavener (The Choir Of The Temple Church) – The Lamb [Decca]
  7. Castiglioni (Teresia Bokor)- Salmo XIX [Chandos]
  8. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – An Intention [Western Vinyl]
  9. Osvaldo Golijov – Vision: Bautismo en la Cruz [Deutsche Grammophon]
  10. A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Requiem For The Static King Part One [Erased Tapes / Kranky]
  11. Richard Reed Parry – Duet For Heart And Breath [Deutsche Grammophon]
  12. Játékok (Gábor Csalog) – VIII: Flowers We Are – For Miyako (For Four Hands) [BMC]
  13. Arvo Pärt (Estonian National Symphony Orchestra) – Summa [Virgin]

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith shares new single ‘To Feel Your Best’

Photo: Tim Saccenti

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith has unveiled a new track from her impending new album The Kid. The record charts the different stages of life and the synth star and composer had already shared a couple of tracks from the album, ‘An Intention’ depicting the first stage of life and ‘To Follow and Lead’, depicting the third one. With less than 2 weeks to go until the album drops, she is offering another taste from it with new single ‘To Feel Your Best’. It represents the last stage of life and as the press release describes, the song is “a bittersweet goodbye, but also a renewal and a reflection on not only of what is lost but also gained; a rebirth.”
Take a listen below and watch out for the album release on 6th October via Western Vinyl.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith unveils new single ‘To Follow and Lead’

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The KidLast month we heard ‘An Intention’, the first taste from Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith‘s upcoming album The Kid. Set for release on October 6th through Western Vinyl as a double record, The Kid charts the four different stages of life.

The synth star and composer is teasing the album again with another track from it, the jubilant ‘To Follow and Lead’. As the press release describes, the track “represents the third phase of life in which a person uncovers their true personality through experiments with following, leading, and trying new things”. Take a listen below.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith shares first cut from upcoming album The Kid

kaitlyn-aurelia-smithThere’s a new album on the way from synth star and composer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, following last year’s Ears. Entitled The Kid, the record charts the different stages of life. Offered as a double album, The Kid “chronicles four defining cognitive and emotional stages of the human lifespan across four sides.”

‘An Intention’, the first single from the album, is taken from the first side, which depicts the first stage of life. It “takes us through the confused astonishment of a newborn, unaware of itself, existing in an unwitting nirvana”. Take a listen below and watch out for the album’s release on October 6th through Western Vinyl.

Mixtape #83

The Evil Usses are a band like no other. Their wild and exhilarating live shows flow fluidly between thoughtful composition and improvisation as they venture into a dense jungle of sounds and influences, clearing their singular path with sharp melodies and heavy grooves. All of this, as well as the wide dynamics and playful humour of this unique Bristolian quartet can somehow be found in the mix they made for us this month. Press play and enjoy!