Album Review: Let's Turn It Into Sound by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
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One of the 21st century's most consistently interesting electronic producers proves she has the capacity to amaze and astound One of the 21st century's most consistently interesting electronic producers, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith returns with an inventive release mixing orchestral grandeur with avant-garde electronica. The tracklist on Let's Turn It Into Sound is a little misleading, as the wildly unpredictable progression of its songs evokes a series of kooky, unconnected vignettes. We see this from the first track, with Have You Felt Lately?'s stilted poetry giving way to layered vocal samples, snare drums that fire off as randomly as gunshots and a dreamy trip-hop groove – all in the space of four minutes.
After premiering her new age LP on the investment capital-funded app, Calm, alongside a high-profile tour with Caribou and an announced score for a Disney World attraction, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith ventured the closest she's ever come to mainstream recognition in 2021. But her eighth solo LP, Let's Turn It into Sound, brazenly demonstrates the Orcas Islander's reluctance to abandon her avant-garde oeuvre.
Her second release on Ghostly International finds Smith leaning into the label's brand of quirky but provocative dance music. But, what comes as no surprise for anyone who's followed the 35-year-old musician's career, Smith adds an extra air of substance and function to her craft.