Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Raised on Orcas Island off the coast of Washington state, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith's compositions are surreal yet rooted in nature. Combining the organic elements of her upbringing with the technological prowess gained from her studies at Berklee College of Music, Kaitlyn's impact on modern music is distinct and significant. Informed by her experimentation and the unique sounds of the Buchla 100 synthesizer, Kaitlyn's music has put her on the path to global recognition. This upward trajectory was later cemented with the release of her 2015 full-length, Euclid, on Western Vinyl.
The following year saw the launch of her celebrated 2016 album, EARS, as well as a collaboration with new age pioneer Suzanne Ciani. Both EARS and Kaitlyn's subsequent full length album The Kid have earned numerous best-of nods from the likes of Pitchfork, NPR, Rolling Stone and SPIN. Additionally, Kaitlyn has been regularly scoring film, TV shows and spots for brands. Her collaborations include projects with Google, Reggie Watts and Ben Dickinson’s short film Brasilia, as well as the 2018 Duplass brothers film Duck Butter. Kaitlyn's participation in the 2018 Telekinesis event saw her performing with the BBC Orchestra, and later that year she headlined alongside Grizzly Bear and TV On The Radio at the Hollywood Bowl.
Smith focuses on a narrow band of feeling – wonder, curiosity, disorientation, bliss – and constructs a gleaming sonic world to house them, a place where the lines between thoughts and feelings and styles are porous.
Like the work of Hayao Miyazaki, whom Smith admires, her music imagines something mythic or elemental colliding against modernity.
A wholly immersive, mesmeric listen.
For an artist known for her analog synth wizardry, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith makes music that’s beguilingly organic.
A novel, naturalistic, and, yes, pop-savvy voice wielding an instrument known for esoteric experimentalism.
…adventurous, mesmerizing sonic compositions…
…one of the most pioneering musicians in the world.
…an entrancing…playful, engaging, and often incredibly soothing synth odyssey…