"A composer listens for what's needed in the moment."
I was already excited about Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith before seeing her open for Animal Collective a year or two ago. Among the electronic works that were a staple of my worktime listening then, the swirling majesty of "Existence in the Unfurling" was like the organic counterpart to Holly Herndon's fractured, futuristic techno.
So count me excited for the composer's 2017 forthcoming album, The Kid, previewed today at Bandcamp, notable for its optimistic treatment of a lifecycle, from birth to death and all the tender moments in between.
"You know when you’ve walked into a space and you can tell that something hasn’t been touched in a long time?” she asks. “I’m really sensitive to that, so I like to touch everything in my house and move it around just to give it some life feeling.”