Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith is back in spectacular fashion. The accomplished modular synth sound sculptress and orchestral composer (who by no coincidence, cites naturalist David Attenborough as a contemporary muse,) has chronicled something truly exceptional in her latest album, The Kid. The album, which is a wonderful musical diary exploring her own existence overflows with life. Simply fantastic; it aims to document the four defining cognitive and emotional stages of the human lifespan in recordings across four sides of a double LP.
Smith’s music has always woven a youthful thread befitting of the aforementioned subject. Her creative and playful use of modular synths throughout the record reminisce as sounds of animals under water, alongside heavy emphasis on primordial open chords, setting the scene of previous formative years communing with nature. Here she articulates it in signature fashion on the track “An Intention," which serves not only as a soaring spire on The Kid, but on her entire output. There is inventiveness demonstrated here, but it's elevated by an undertone of gravity into something compelling and majestic, with a deepness that is fast becoming Smith’s watermark.