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Chosen One: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

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My only musical philosophy is… the world is never without sound… so I will never be without inspiration.”

—Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

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The highly anticipated new solo full-length from American composer, artist and producer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith showcases divine ambient sound worlds whose rich textures, vivid colours and cosmic riches forge an utterly timeless and deeply immersive listening experience. The boundless nature of Smith’s visionary music has long been a trusted constant in the LA composer’s cherished songbook but ‘The Mosaic Of Transformation’ feels like the astral explorations navigate even further – and deeper – into a far-reaching, otherworldly state of being.

The opening verse of American multi-instrumentalist – and kindred spirit – Laraaji’s celestial psalm ‘All Of A Sudden’ could best describe the effect of Smith’s latest visionary electronic voyage: “All of a sudden/It’s another time/In another world/And another state of mind.” From the opening lush tones of fourth world spheres captured on ‘Unbraiding Boundless Energy Within Boundaries’ we are immediately displaced into the slipstream of our inner-self: someplace else.

The gorgeous meditative lament ‘Remembering’ is awash with celestial harmonies and hypnotic rhythms which very much belongs to the here and now. As the organ-like sustained melodies ascend into the foreground, time and space fold into itself. Some moments later, the addition of Smith’s mesmerizing vocal refrain further heightens the sumptuous sonic landscapes, cultivating an engrossing and captivating psychedelic expedition.

The back-to-back pairing of ‘The Steady Heart’ and ‘Carrying Gravity’ is a pinnacle moment of this transformative musical soujourn. The sublime crystalline avant pop sphere of ‘The Steady Heart’ reveals infectious pop brilliance with overlapping harmonies and luminous electronic beats where Smith invites you to “open your heart” beneath a flurry of soothing electronic flourishes.

The ambient bliss of ‘Carrying Gravity’ orbits planets, stars and even galaxies such is its far reaching and shape shifting qualities: a piece of music that permeates each and every heart pore. Infusion of soul into art.

Smith has described ‘The Mosaic Of Transformation’ as being her “expression of love and appreciation for electricity”. As the song-title suggests, the glorious album closer ‘Expanding Electricity’ serves a vital cornerstone to the album. It is almost as if all points lead to here, like a river finding its sea.

A deep spiritual connection is forged amidst Smith’s achingly beautiful vocal delivery embedded within rapturous orchestral arrangements and swathes of synthesizer. The mantra of “I feel it, can you feel it expanding?” becomes the very essence of the gifted composer’s latest masterwork: the point of total transcendence is met.

‘The Mosaic Of Transformation’ is out now on Ghostly.

https://kaitlynaureliasmith.bandcamp.com/

https://ghostly.com/

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Interview with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.

 

Congratulations on the sublime new full length ‘The Mosaic Of Transformation’; filled with an intricate array of divine sound worlds. 

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: Thank you! 

Can you discuss the main themes of this new record and your primary aims from the outset?

KAS: The inspiration for this album came to me in a sudden bubble of joy.

When the inspiration came it was accompanied with a multitude of shapes that were moving seamlessly from one into the other.

When the shapes came to me they were made by the human body.

I felt the inspiration for this album in response to contemplating my appreciation for electricity.

I have spent a lot of time collaborating with electricity and transforming electricity into music.

I have also spent a lot of time in my life collaborating with what it means to have a physical body and be embodied.

I began to notice that what allows me to feel embodied in my physical body is also electricity.

The inspiration for this album came to me both through music and through visuals of movement.

I have synesthia and have always experienced that through the combination of sound, movement and visions.

I am not a dancer but have always had a deep connection with movement.

I wrote this album with specific movement shapes in mind.

Accompanied with this album is the visual movement language that first inspired the music – intended to be cymatics made by the body. https://youtu.be/OIm1jT0JZDE

I guess in one sentence this album is my expression of love and appreciation for electricity.

I approached this album the way I approach my physical practice… show up everyday with dedication and will power, without expectation and with the intention of expressing joy.

I wasn’t naturally a physically capable person, none of these movements came easily to me and have taken a lot of daily work to develop.

I was not naturally flexible or strong.

My movement practice has been a constant transformation piece by piece.

I made this album in the same way.

Everyday I would transform what I did yesterday on it into something else.

This album has gone through about 12 different versions of itself.

Can you discuss your studio set-up and what new processes you may have experimented here?

KAS: Right now I have sectioned off a piece of my studio for practicing the live performance of this album. I am using a Buchla 200e, Buchla lightning wand, and some middi controllers.

For the making of the album I made some of it at a residency and some of it at my home studio. I often use residencies for the making of my albums so I can have access to rare instruments. My intention was to write parts for orchestral accompaniment for this album. I have all the parts written but I was unable to find the resources to record an orchestra, so I delegated those parts to synthesizers. I still hope to perform with orchestras when artists are able to perform again.

I just love how each of these tracks effortlessly flow into one another, the album truly feels like a single shape-shifting piece of music. The glorious album closer ‘Expanding Electricity’ serves a vital cornerstone to the album. Can you discuss your compositional approach to this piece? It feels like each and every detail of the sonic canvas leads to this final track- in many ways becoming the essence of the record.

KAS: Thank you – That was the first piece that was written for this album and is the piece that sums up how I feel about electricity through sound. ☺ The rest of the pieces are intended to be an introduction to that piece. ☺

Your music is very much at one with nature – and akin to a study of the self. Can you describe the practice of listening within and how you visualize music, so to speak?

KAS: For me, listening is my meditation… I tried pushing my thoughts aside in meditation and quieting the mind and I always felt a struggle… a while ago I decided to invite all my thoughts in and listen to each one fully and what is beyond the thoughts… until finally after I heard all of my thoughts…then I heard sound… then I decided to embrace all the sound I heard and listen to it fully… until finally I heard music… I continue to practice listening to each layer as it arises and learn from it.

What is your musical philosophy?

KAS: My only musical philosophy is… the world is never without sound… so I will never be without inspiration.

‘The Mosaic Of Transformation’ is out now on Ghostly.

https://kaitlynaureliasmith.bandcamp.com/

https://ghostly.com/

 

 

 

 

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May 19, 2020 at 1:45 pm