Four Tet has remixed a song off Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s new album The Kid.
Today, Tycho shares two new remixes of their first single ‘Division’ from the recent album Epoch, which is set for physical release on Jan 20th via Ghostly International.
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith — fresh from her Pitchfork Best New Music-rated collaboration album with Suzanne Ciani, Sunergy — delivers a melting ambient epic while Heathered Pearls, a Ghostly staple, bolsters the dance elements of the original. In addition to the two remixes Tycho is also sharing a video for ‘Division’ that was filmed lived at their Red Rocks Amphitheatre performance on September 17 featuring official audio from the album.
Stream ‘Division (Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Remix)’ & ‘Division (Heathered Pearls Remix)’:
Watch ‘Division’ live at Red Rocks (ft. official audio):
Epoch is the final album in the trilogy beginning with 2011’s Dive, then 2014’s Awake and culminating with this year’s Epoch (Ghostly International). This period between Dive and Epoch marks a significant maturation for Scott Hansen’s continually expanding project, one that has taken him from a solo performer to fronting a live 4-piece band on large stages across the world. Epoch hones the sonic aesthetic of Dive while drawing on the kinetic energy of Awake, it explores darker themes and new musical territory. Epoch is available digitally now and for physical pre-order now due out January 20.
This January, Tycho will embark on a world tour. The tour will begin on Jan 7 in Oakland, CA at the Fox Theater. From there Tycho will travel across four continents including Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. For a full list of tour dates, tickets, and more information, please visit http://tychomusic.com/.
On the back of their critically acclaimed recent album Patience – which contains contributions from friends and collaborators Jessie Ware, Rosie Lowe, Connan Mockasin, Sam Shepherd (Floating Points), as well as Anna Calvi, who features on the brilliant ‘Love Me Again’ – The Invisible enlist the talents of one of the best new composers on the scene, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. Fresh from her Ears album released earlier this year on Western Vinyl to a sea of praise, she delivers a beautiful, uncompromising remix.
‘Love Me Again (Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith remix)’ is available digitally now: https://theinvisible.lnk.to/kas
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith‘s solo debut Euclid (primarily written on a Buchla Music Easel synthesizer) was inspired by her love of mbira music, early electronic music pioneers like Laurie Spiegel, Oskar Sala, and Terry Riley, and euclidean geometry. Each of the first six songs on Euclid were initially structured using euclidean geometry, an idea which Smith explored while attending a class at the San Francisco Conservatory. As Smith explains, “We each chose a 3D shape and assigned our own guidelines to the different components that make up the shape. For example each point of the shape represents a different time signature, each line between the points represents a pitch, each shape within the closed lines represents a scale, etc. And then you play the shape.” Despite their heady geometric origins, the songs have a playfulness and warmth that makes them inviting and memorable. In addition to the buoyant grooves of Smith’s synthesizers, some of the songs feature wordless vocals, which energize the otherworldly songs, while grounding them with Smith’s earthly presence.
She slows things down for the second half of the record, which features a collection of twelve short pieces, Labyrinths I-XII. Originally composed as new soundtracks to old silent films she found online, Smith says the tranquil Labyrinth pieces are “intended to feel like one is walking through a holographic labyrinth and encountering different experiences such as hang gliding, viewing microbes under a microscope, ice fishing in Alaska, and watching glaciers collapse.” Despite their brevity, most of these songs feel like mini odysseys, effortlessly casting a cinematic hue on the the listener’s world.
Throughout Euclid Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith consistently delivers sonic puzzles draped in a warm Pacific mist. At times these songs feel so alive — like the musical analog to roots growing deeper and stronger, leaves on branches bending towards the light, or the sun peeking over the horizon, briefly igniting the air with a primordial swirl of warm and cool colors.
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s excellent Euclid is out now on Western Vinyl. Watch the official video for “Sundry“. Directed by Kaitlyn’s husband, Sean Hellfritsch of Encyclopedia Pictura, and starring Ashley Eva Brock and Lyla the dog. The track is available for free download below.