Stadiums & Shrines
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Dreams of Yugoslavia

 

Balkan decoys, elaborate and beautiful, affix, shielding a forgotten mist, a village; an archaeologist arches her architectural theory, squinting down at the photograph believed to be the only of its kind. The people, stoic and oversized, walk above rather than within… they must reside behind rather than inside, she figures. Water falls from the margin. But how—she scribbles into her fading field note book—how can it, with the homes so close. Perhaps they needn’t worry over being swept at all; nearly weightless, though real, floating, she determines, this paper town on a cliff.

Into focus: a frayed corner, peeling to another image beneath the first.

The archaeologist gently brushes off the original exposure, which, suddenly of its own accord, takes flight. Awestruck, she follows the winged photograph out the door, across a modest yard, beyond her wildest hallucinations, to the paper town, at water’s edge.

Snap, a camera echoes in the distance. A photograph ruffles its feathers.

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Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith is a composer and modular synth sculptor from the Bay Area. Her latest release, the enchanting Euclid, is out now on Western Vinyl.

S&S-NewtownRadio-E29

 

Retrieved from the ether, E29 is the show that never was. It features an hour with Patient Sounds (where all 60 minutes of sound are exceptionally patient/from the PS catalog), and a guest mix from midwest zoner ((Husband Material)).

Hour One: [PS03]
Spookfish – Car Horn (extended)
Sun Pack – Goo Dream
Littoral Drift – All That We Make
Wellington Downs – Warblers
Smelly Magic – Anxious Yaks on Mt. Big Breath
Radical Guts – Tiger Trap
Ben Varian – Anechoic Chamber (itchy)
Wiley Zephyr – Unbein myself
Nate Henricks – For sure as shit
((Husband Material)) – Give Her The Gift of Self-actualization
Jerry Paper – Time Spent Waiting
M. Sage – Red Dwarf in E
Particles in Progress – Ducks!
Spires – Calm July
Cochise – Track 14

Hour Two: [((Husband Material)) mix]
Lee Hazlewood – By The Way (I Still Love You)
Clinic – T.K.
EMA – Mud Loop
The Garbage and The Flowers – Carousel
Silver Apples – I Have Known Love
Icarus Syndrome – Max Ernst In The Dikteon Cave With S. Reich
C.B. – Whoa Buck (Excerpt)
Haunted Houses – Laura
Matthew Dotson – Sublimation IV (excerpt)
Gavin Bryars – Hymn III (excerpt from The Sinking of the Titanic)
Cate Le Bon – Cuckoo Through The Walls
Gang Wizard – Feeeee
Grinderman – No Pussy Blues
Jenny Hval – The Seer
Sparks – The Decline and Fall of Me
Bee Gees – With The Sun In My Eyes
LOSTPLANET – Smokin’ All The Time (Twin Window Curemix)
Jesse Stiles – International Anthem
Peter Grudzien – Alone Amongst The Crowd

Next airing is Tuesday, June 23rd, around 10PM on Newtown Radio.

Selects

 

Singles Club, the quarterly record club and music journal, also runs a monthly guest mix series. S&S was tapped for their 11th installment, and we’re quite honored to contribute.

Nadia – Same/Adore you
The Dead Texan – When I See Scissors, I Cannot Help But Think Of You
$3.33 – ++++
Myriam Gendron – Solace
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Careen
Valet – Nowhere
Sun Pack – Lagoon
Adam Wrong – Silence Loop
Jim Reeves – The Blue Side of Lonesome [ssurfacing edit]
Tim Robertson – Untitled #4 [Outer Planetary Church Music]

As noted, Singles Club has a beautiful new issue featuring Monster Rally out now.

Mother In Comet

 

“Mother in Comet” first appeared in a dream, framing ‘teary eyes in the twilight’ of an English countryside. A year later, the melancholic instrumental receives a stunning treatment here that both compliments the previous scene and invents another entirely. Director and longtime Gem Club collaborator BriAnna Olson kindly provided some words:

“Processing meaning is such a personal practice, and Christopher’s music has a way of feeling both deeply personal and profoundly supernal. He can run circles around a single moment the way a thinking mind replays an event trying to process its meaning. He’s extracting and uncovering… it feels beautiful… it feels tragic… it feels private. That’s where this video piece came from… it is an anamnesis, a revelatory moment suspended it time, where it is absolute and ever-changing.”

Christopher Barnes of Gem Club, added:

“When BriAnna sent me her idea for the Mother in Comet video I was reminded of the examination in a doctor’s office where a ray of light is shined into your pupil–a series of lenses flash in front of your eye–in order to observe the reflex off the retina. Or perhaps an earlier memory of being a child, eyes closed and holding a flashlight up to my eyelid. The warmth of the bulb, the bright glare of white light against pink.

The visual sense depends entirely on reflected light. Objects in our environment reflect light which enters our eye, forms an image, and transmits information to our brain for processing. Vision occurs when this image is electrically transmitted to the brain for analysis and response. BriAnna’s work suggests this process for me—as a visual representation of how the eye captures an image, or how our brain translates an image into a memory.”

2014 LP In Roses is available on Hardly Art. And soon the band will perform with Lower Dens in Christopher’s hometown of Portsmouth, NH.