Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

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New album of superoxygenated synth fantasias out today, seems like a good time for her own thread.

donk at the radar station (NickB), Friday, 1 April 2016 07:02 (one year ago) Permalink

New one is great btw - it's a little less busy than Euclid, has more of the calmness of Tides. More vocals though plus real wind instruments alongside the burbling buchlas.

donk at the radar station (NickB), Friday, 1 April 2016 07:17 (one year ago) Permalink

This is relevant to my interests!

Sehr Kornisch (Branwell with an N), Friday, 1 April 2016 07:23 (one year ago) Permalink

Need to recall my 'great' about the new one and issue an 'absolutely fucking amazing' in its place

donk at the radar station (NickB), Friday, 1 April 2016 07:38 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm only 2 songs in, and I'm already lost and disoriented and amazed in all the best ways.

Last album, I was all "holy shit, these synths!!!" and barely noticed the vocals, but on this one, the tone-cluster harmonisations are unmissable and completely magical.

This is not something I'm going to be able to listen to on the tube, I can tell. I'm going to have to download this and go and sit quietly in a forest with it for a while.

Sehr Kornisch (Branwell with an N), Friday, 1 April 2016 07:42 (one year ago) Permalink

Just wait till the woodwinds turn up fwiw

donk at the radar station (NickB), Friday, 1 April 2016 07:45 (one year ago) Permalink

The Philip Glass-esque "pa-pa-pa-pa-pa" vocals meets slithering insect noises of Arthropoda just exploded my brain.

Sehr Kornisch (Branwell with an N), Friday, 1 April 2016 08:12 (one year ago) Permalink

thrilled that it's turned out so well. i liked euclid a lot, but there were some moments on it that veered a bit too close to animal collective-y sugar barf and reading that she was touring with them i feared she might go further in that direction. this one is straight-up gold though, and it arrived on the most perfect spring morning too.

donk at the radar station (NickB), Friday, 1 April 2016 08:52 (one year ago) Permalink

This is astonishing and beautiful, it's probably my favourite record of the year so far. I agree it's perfect for spring mornings. I preferred the gentler second half of Euclid and this is a step up even from that - burbling synths and woodwind instruments are one of my favourite sonic combinations so the fact that they're all over this is pretty much catnip for me.

I'm loving the inclusion of more vocals as well, they really work here in a way they didn't on Euclid.

Matt DC, Friday, 1 April 2016 09:08 (one year ago) Permalink

I'd love to get this today, but I don't understand why the CD isn't available on Smith's Bandcamp page? With small-label electronic releases today, normally you can order the CD/vinyl from Bandcamp, after which you can also download the albums as FLACs/WAVs, so you don't have to wait until the record arrives in mail. But this album can only be bought as digital download on Bandcamp, and since I'm one of those old-fashioned foIks who wants to have the CD too, I don't want to pay for it twice.

It was the same deal with Euclid too. Seems pretty stupid that her label doesn't follow what has become the norm with releases like these, it'll just encourage people to acquire the files via illegal means.

Tuomas, Friday, 1 April 2016 09:18 (one year ago) Permalink

good for you for trying to support the label, but amazon do a free autorip if you're desparate

donk at the radar station (NickB), Friday, 1 April 2016 09:24 (one year ago) Permalink

or even desperate

donk at the radar station (NickB), Friday, 1 April 2016 09:25 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, but only as MP3s. And Amazon's own prices are almost way higher than with other sellers.


Tuomas, Friday, 1 April 2016 09:30 (one year ago) Permalink

this album is gorgeous

cher guevara (lex pretend), Friday, 1 April 2016 16:21 (one year ago) Permalink


ended up listening to it 6 times today, and it's not even knocking-off time

donk at the radar station (NickB), Friday, 1 April 2016 16:27 (one year ago) Permalink

seen her twice and it's a remarkable live show; when someone's music has this many pre-composed threads, and your axe is a modular, it can be tough to walk the line between safely-programmed and live. and there are certainly prepared elements cooked in there but there's still a sense of independent threads & haywire randomness, and someone who knows how to listen & who knows her rig so well that all these random elements get utilized. the second live set in SF last september in particular just perfectly balanced live chaos and structure, blew me away much more than any of the records I'd heard so definitely looking forward to making time for this new one


Milton Parker, Friday, 1 April 2016 16:53 (one year ago) Permalink

Awesome! I'm looking forward to seeing her in a few weeks at Levitation. New album is great.

Check Yr Scrobbles (Moodles), Friday, 1 April 2016 17:11 (one year ago) Permalink

wow this is big step forward from her already excellent earlier stuff

adam, Friday, 1 April 2016 17:27 (one year ago) Permalink

Her best yet

Brad C., Friday, 1 April 2016 21:31 (one year ago) Permalink

in an act of unfettered capitalism run amok, I bought copies of Euclid and EARS from my local vinyl album purveyor this evening

Check Yr Scrobbles (Moodles), Saturday, 2 April 2016 03:11 (one year ago) Permalink

I bought Euclid from Origami when I was in L.A. a year ago. I am back now and will be buying Ears from ... somewhere.

alpine static, Saturday, 2 April 2016 03:25 (one year ago) Permalink

^^ not that this is all that exciting or worth posting, mostly i am just glad to be back down here where it is warm for a week

alpine static, Saturday, 2 April 2016 03:26 (one year ago) Permalink

This is fabulous. Like a midpoint between Glasser and Invisible Conga People, plus woodwinds.

Tim F, Saturday, 2 April 2016 05:20 (one year ago) Permalink

Definitely hearing glasser in the vocals and the way they're treated

donk at the radar station (NickB), Saturday, 2 April 2016 10:09 (one year ago) Permalink

Found out from a recent story that she comes from Orcas Island, one of the most beautiful but also fairly isolated places in the US. Whether or not that truly reflects in her art I don't know but I think it would encourage a certain independence.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 2 April 2016 12:11 (one year ago) Permalink

I guess I could easily google it, but where is that ned?

donk at the radar station (NickB), Saturday, 2 April 2016 12:49 (one year ago) Permalink

Washington state apparently. That helps explain part of her aesthetic for me. She certainly doesn't sound like anything else out of LA right now. There's this organic pastoral quality to her sound that's very unique and it's wonderful hope her folk and classical background influences her electronic composition. Her new album is a bloody masterpiece BTW. One of the best things released so far this year. She's definitely leveled up.

octobeard, Saturday, 2 April 2016 20:45 (one year ago) Permalink

Lovely stuff: Glasser/non-scary Fever Ray in the vocals, which presses my buttons

a hairy, howling toad torments a man whose wife is deathly ill (James Morrison), Sunday, 3 April 2016 08:47 (one year ago) Permalink

new interview @ popmatters

Driving a Spaceship Through Futuristic Jungles with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

djmartian, Sunday, 3 April 2016 21:24 (one year ago) Permalink

The album was heavily influenced by animated art, particularly the movie Nausicaa by Hayao Miyazaki, but also the work of Jean Giraud Moebius and Killian Eng. All three artists, Smith says, “have these neo-futuristic vibes that still feel connected to nature and have a spiritual quality to them.” She adds, “That’s always been very evocative for me and has always been my visual language for when I’m creating sounds. It’s always been in that world. I’m starting to try and connect my visual world with my auditory world and try and make sound environments that can help other people feel those visual worlds.”


really liked euclid but this is wonderful

ogmor, Sunday, 3 April 2016 22:11 (one year ago) Permalink

nothing new to add, this is just incredible. "Existence In The Unfurling" is a perfect piece of music, the way those glassy melodies spiral and leap across each other is otherworldly.

boxedjoy, Sunday, 3 April 2016 22:33 (one year ago) Permalink

This is most excellent, and yeah, "Existence In The Unfurling" is so great, that, while really appreciating the composition of the short pieces here, and how finished they are...the lengthy exploration of the final track is just fantastic. What a closer.

Would echo the see her live if you can! The Bitchin' Bajas pairing last yr. was perfect (and Rob Frye from that outfit supplies horns and woodwinds here, I believe).

dronestreet, Monday, 4 April 2016 15:51 (one year ago) Permalink

i saw her open for grouper last year in san francisco, and it was the only experience i've had where the opening act blew me away with their live performance. the new album is excellent, a cornucopia of wondrous sound, and i'm excited to have it accompany my life in these next few spring and summer months.

j. winters (josh), Monday, 4 April 2016 15:58 (one year ago) Permalink

this is a gorgeous album

marcos, Monday, 4 April 2016 16:16 (one year ago) Permalink

btw, the vinyl copies were very affordable, Euclid is $15 on amazon including digital download. They seemed slightly lightweight, but sound fantastic.

Check Yr Scrobbles (Moodles), Monday, 4 April 2016 16:20 (one year ago) Permalink

EARS is fantastic, can't wait to see her open for the AC next month.

flappy bird, Monday, 4 April 2016 17:43 (one year ago) Permalink

this album is gorgeous and i love it. i wasn't going to say anything bc i have little to contribute beyond this but i wanted to annoy lj.

Mordy, Monday, 4 April 2016 20:29 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, I'm into this.

Hi! I'm twice-coloured! (Sund4r), Monday, 4 April 2016 21:38 (one year ago) Permalink

this is such a gift

1st Amendment absolutist in favor of the unltd publication of sextapes (schlump), Tuesday, 5 April 2016 00:22 (one year ago) Permalink

Shared this album with a couple friends the other day very loud on the home hifi. They kind of just sat back and just said "wow" once the first track finished. After the album was done, we looked at each other and wondered aloud how we were going to put on another album after this one.

octobeard, Tuesday, 5 April 2016 04:17 (one year ago) Permalink

so good. have been nerding out on modular stuff lately - but more the gear than the music being made by it - so to hear something come along like this and just blow you away is a welcome correction as much as anything else.

Justin Townes' URL (haitch), Tuesday, 5 April 2016 04:45 (one year ago) Permalink


get a long, little doggy (m bison), Tuesday, 5 April 2016 04:54 (one year ago) Permalink


Treeship, Tuesday, 5 April 2016 05:22 (one year ago) Permalink

i might prefer euclid to the new one tbh

marcos, Tuesday, 5 April 2016 14:13 (one year ago) Permalink

i do 2 but the new one is still wonderful

Mordy, Tuesday, 5 April 2016 14:15 (one year ago) Permalink

looking fw to seeing her live in NY soon. Put a song on this mix:


dan selzer, Tuesday, 5 April 2016 14:23 (one year ago) Permalink

imago was complaining about this in another thread so i checked it out and am loving it so far, thanks LJ! :)

rockpalast '82 (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 5 April 2016 15:50 (one year ago) Permalink


Treeship, Tuesday, 5 April 2016 15:54 (one year ago) Permalink

Bitterly at that. His loss!

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 5 April 2016 16:06 (one year ago) Permalink

seriously, I don't keep up with most new ilx threads, but I don't see how this record is particularly ILX-friendly. Maybe because the review compares it to Fever Ray/The Knife?

dan selzer, Tuesday, 5 April 2016 16:07 (one year ago) Permalink



Al Moon Faced Poon (Moodles), Wednesday, 26 October 2016 02:35 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Nice. Is this a leftover from the EARS sessions?

Jeff W, Friday, 28 October 2016 19:43 (eleven months ago) Permalink

listening to Ears and it really is a great album

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 31 October 2016 16:17 (eleven months ago) Permalink

six months pass...

new album in October ya'll

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Saturday, 6 May 2017 07:46 (five months ago) Permalink

o wow amazing news. caught her show at knockdown in brooklyn, one of the best live experiences i've had in a while. love her music.

tomorrow, Saturday, 6 May 2017 18:00 (five months ago) Permalink

radddddddd love her

nice cage (m bison), Saturday, 6 May 2017 19:15 (five months ago) Permalink

Saw her in SF. She sold her swag directly from the stage after. Not ashamed to say I fell in love while handing her cash for a shirt. She's a really lovely person in addition to being an incredible musician.

octobeard, Monday, 8 May 2017 00:47 (five months ago) Permalink

cool 360 degree video of her studio:


Moodles, Monday, 8 May 2017 03:04 (five months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

A cover of Sade's "By Your Side"? Sure, why not


Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 6 June 2017 14:50 (four months ago) Permalink

Does that mean Jute Gyte is next for covering that song?

MarkoP, Tuesday, 6 June 2017 17:17 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

New album details/preorder


Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 11 July 2017 13:30 (three months ago) Permalink

Wow, vocals front and center for a change. Wonder if the whole album will go for a more traditional songwriting approach.

Moodles, Tuesday, 11 July 2017 13:53 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

another new one


Moodles, Saturday, 19 August 2017 14:54 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

oh nice

plp will eat itself (NickB), Thursday, 28 September 2017 14:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

wow wow wow wow

Evan R, Thursday, 28 September 2017 15:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i'm halfway through and excited to listen to this many more times this year.

Karl Malone, Thursday, 28 September 2017 16:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this is probably the worst possible way to frame this praise, but the ending stretch of "until i remember" is like the forgotten promise of early 2000s ~folktronica~ gradually emerging from behind the sun, like if planet X was actually real.

Karl Malone, Thursday, 28 September 2017 16:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Super psyched, though EARS set a very high bar

Moodles, Thursday, 28 September 2017 16:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

she's great

nomar, Thursday, 28 September 2017 16:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'll have to spend some more time with EARS. Didn't do all that much for me at the time but this new one sounds so playful and effortless. She does all these wonderful things like it's nbd

Evan R, Thursday, 28 September 2017 16:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

it takes everything i like about EARS and magnifies it, and then stretches it out.

dang, so good

Karl Malone, Thursday, 28 September 2017 16:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i'm gonna hold off of any additional listens until the LPs arrive in the mail

Karl Malone, Thursday, 28 September 2017 16:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this is probably the worst possible way to frame this praise, but the ending stretch of "until i remember" is like the forgotten promise of early 2000s ~folktronica~ gradually emerging from behind the sun, like if planet X was actually real.

― Karl Malone, Thursday, September 28, 2017 12:15 PM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i know what you mean, shit like Caribou and Four Tet? struggling to think of other examples but yeah "folktronica" was absolutely a thing & yes it was forgotten

flappy bird, Thursday, 28 September 2017 17:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

oh hey, pretty clever what she's done with the tracklist

imago, Thursday, 28 September 2017 21:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i know what you mean, shit like Caribou and Four Tet? struggling to think of other examples but yeah "folktronica" was absolutely a thing & yes it was forgotten

Tuung is always the band I think of when this label comes up, but I can't remember now how a single one of their songs goes.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 28 September 2017 22:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

haha oh yeah! i remember them. but yeah can't even remember a song title now

flappy bird, Friday, 29 September 2017 01:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Can't decide if I should listen to this before the show in a couple weeks or not.

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Friday, 29 September 2017 03:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

> forgotten promise of early 2000s ~folktronica

XP/OT: Really wish Pooka had further pursued some of their sounds from Shift (2001)

prelude to abjection (Sanpaku), Friday, 29 September 2017 08:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Which was a remix album by Brian Duffy? See also "Ovum", which is probably a better precursor to KAS, only with FM rather than analog synths.

prelude to abjection (Sanpaku), Friday, 29 September 2017 08:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

My favorite syntho weirdos KAS and John Maus dropping albums in the same month? Love it.

octobeard, Saturday, 30 September 2017 01:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Looking forward to hearing this but damn she went from having an incredible album cover with EARS to having an absolute eyesore of a cover here

josh az (2011nostalgia), Saturday, 30 September 2017 02:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

cover is dope imo, EARS cover was pretty sweet too

flappy bird, Saturday, 30 September 2017 03:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Mixed feelings listening to this. Which means I'll probably still be listening to it a year from now.

beard papa, Monday, 2 October 2017 22:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

whoa! this record ROCKS

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 5 October 2017 16:23 (one week ago) Permalink

It's astonishing

Evan R, Thursday, 5 October 2017 17:04 (one week ago) Permalink

This is even more florid and pastoral than EARS, like bits of it are like being in the main village in Zelda or something, but then she'll suddenly overturn it with an abrupt tonal shift or a rush of clanking noises. There's enough grit in there to prevent it becoming cloying - the difference between this and the new Four Tet in that regard.

Matt DC, Friday, 6 October 2017 09:25 (one week ago) Permalink

Her Baker's Dozen is pretty mellow:

ArchCarrier, Friday, 6 October 2017 10:39 (one week ago) Permalink

She did synths on the new Four Tet.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 6 October 2017 16:40 (one week ago) Permalink

Wow this new record is great. Her vocals kinda remind me of Grimes, especially on "A Kid."

flappy bird, Friday, 6 October 2017 18:23 (one week ago) Permalink

Is it all Buchla derived still?

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 6 October 2017 19:05 (one week ago) Permalink

claire hamill in that baker's dozen! hell yeah!

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 6 October 2017 19:10 (one week ago) Permalink

Claire hamill absolutely rules. Big influence on grimes tko

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 6 October 2017 19:10 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm pretty sure Buchla is the main synth on all of her stuff, but she throws in other synths as well.

Moodles, Friday, 6 October 2017 19:32 (one week ago) Permalink

I like that Claire hamill record a lot but I sure as fuck had to unfollow her twitter during the brexit vote

plp will eat itself (NickB), Friday, 6 October 2017 19:37 (one week ago) Permalink

also i think she ran as a tory councillor in the last council elections so y'know

plp will eat itself (NickB), Friday, 6 October 2017 20:00 (one week ago) Permalink

some of this KAS album feels like the brightness is turned up way too high but i love some of the less manic stuff - 'an intention' is definitely a favourite atm

plp will eat itself (NickB), Friday, 6 October 2017 21:35 (one week ago) Permalink

also lol at a track being called 'A Kid'

plp will eat itself (NickB), Friday, 6 October 2017 21:37 (one week ago) Permalink


alpine static, Saturday, 7 October 2017 07:27 (one week ago) Permalink

oh i was just amused at the thought of her devising her track titling scheme just so she could make a weak radiohead pun

plp will eat itself (NickB), Saturday, 7 October 2017 07:35 (one week ago) Permalink

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