Another slept on 2017 jam for you today. This time from the (ever) awesome Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.
Once again we stalk through New Age worlds, overgrown with time, sprouting mutant forms like a blissful Californian Chernobyl. Once again, this is music for the synths and as ethereal as ever. But this time, this time a scaffold feels like it’s been removed. The music is free, the sounds float, as if the scaffold were not to keep them up, but to keep them in.
Like Karin Dreijer Andersson before her, Smith takes an approach to voice modulation that strips the vocals of their anchor in the world. Separating them both from literal meaning (they’re all but unintelligible) and our own inferred picture of the singer. No accent, scant intonation, no point on which to hang our judgement on the singer or the song. This is of course familiar from her previous albums but here, as passages fade in and out, it seems marvellously apt.
Riparian was from the same sessions that produced Smith’s most recent album, EARS. You can get both of them over on her Bandcamp, right here.