Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - EARS
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2016 Ratings: #116 / 916
User Score
Based on 96 ratings
2016 Ratings: #172
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CRITIC REVIEWS

82
Resident Advisor

On EARS, Smith emerges as a novel, naturalistic and, yes, pop-savvy voice wielding an instrument known for esoteric experimentalism.

80
Spin

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.

80
AllMusic

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

80
Pitchfork
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.
80
Clash
‘EARS’ is fuelled by a real, palpable sense of ambition, of pushing further and further into the unknown.
70
PopMatters

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

JohnLouisHoward
85
sonic truth
79
7.9 out of 10
CheapandLethal
60
Fairly uninspiring
BuffaloStaple
71
Nothing mind-blowing going on here, but it's a pretty pleasant listen.
JulianGomez974
80
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
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Track List

  1. First Flight
  2. Wetlands
  3. Envelop
  4. When I Try, I'm Full
  5. Rare Things Grow
  6. Arthropoda
  7. Stratus
  8. Existence in the Unfurling
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Added on: February 19, 2016