Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – EARS

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[ Western Vinyl, 2016 ]

The newest album by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith is not as much a trip but rather an odyssey through modular analog electronics and ethereal vocals processed to the point of becoming day-glo glossolalia. Smith masterfully bridges the past and the future, throwing some wide-eyed folktronica and outsider jazz into the mix (“Envelop”, “Rare Things Grow”, “Stratus”), while staying deeply in love with the Buchla synthesizer, which is still the main tool of work here. You’ll find all the progressive synth eargasm material here – cascades of arpeggios, soft sequences, lengthy drones, but enriched with angelic vocals or intriguing songwriting ideas. Highly recommended!

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