AOTY 2017
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - EARS
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2016 Ratings: #83 / 721
User Score
Based on 73 ratings
2016 Ratings: #124
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On EARS, Smith emerges as a novel, naturalistic and, yes, pop-savvy voice wielding an instrument known for esoteric experimentalism.


Listeners who luxuriated in Euclid’s new-age, lightly psychedelic vibe will find much to savor in Ears, where Smith refines and sharpens her songwriting significantly.


Focused without sounding rigid or confined, Ears is imaginative and alive.

In her hands, acoustic instruments sound like electronic ones, synthetic sounds reference nature, and human voices sound like the creation of machines. The defining characteristics of each instrument ... are turned inside out and re-defined, giving the record a pleasingly alien mood that also feels oddly familiar.
‘EARS’ is fuelled by a real, palpable sense of ambition, of pushing further and further into the unknown.

The music feels less homogeneous, perhaps slightly more erratic, than on Euclid, but still with the overall feeling of beauty and future-looking exploration.

Apr 24, 2016
sonic truth
Jan 17, 2017
Nothing mind-blowing going on here, but it's a pretty pleasant listen.
Jun 26, 2016
This electronic ambient record has a connection with nature more than with technologic resources. Smith brings imagination and concealing within the mixing of the acoustic instruments and her synthesized vocals have a futuristic outcome. It reminded me of Brian Eno, especially in the closer track, where the patience is the key to her message. I’m really surprised by this, it has versatility and still feels cohesive enough to get the concept. The only annoying thing was ... read more
Jun 9, 2016
Grata sorpresa, poco a poco el disco va ganando enteros y cuando parece que se va a desinflar aparece el gran tema final. Paisajes sónicos, sí, paisajes sónicos que aún estando sujetos sobre la electrónica tienen matices acústicos, terrenales, incluso espirituales, lo que le da una personalidad y un carisma a la música que la hace destacar por encima de sus méritos técnicos.
Apr 20, 2016*
EDIT: Okay, maybe not my favorite electronic release of the year. This is a strong statement of purpose, but she just doesn't do enough with her sound to stand out amongst the (many, many) great electronic releases this year. Still crazy original and well composed though. I'll look out for her in the future.

Wow. Really great stuff right here. It sounds like Sufjan Stevens, Fever Ray and early OPN had a baby. There's not much else out there right now that sounds like this. Early contender for ... read more

Added on: February 19, 2016