Free Music Download: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - "By Your Side"
Thu, 08 Jun 2017 10:18:24
Having played a string of dates in the USA, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith is preparing to head to Europe where she'll be performing through June, July, and to the end of August.
The synthesist, producer and composer, who grew up surrounded by nature on a small island in Washington State, is responsible for a collection of music that is ethereal, mesmerising, and out of this world. Her ambient-based album, Ears, released last year, secured Kaitlyn a place in the hearts and minds of critics who fell head-first into the world of curiosity and delicate wonders that she created.
Developing her signature sound, and teasing fans a little before heading out to Europe, the artist has just released a cover version of Sade's classic track, "By Your Side", a track known to fans as one of the defining tunes from Sade's fifth studio album.
Describing her choice to cover Sade, Kaitlyn said, "Lovers Rock was the album I listened to the most when I was 15 and decided to start writing songs. Sade has always been a favorite vocalist of mine — so emotive and honest and true. To me, her voice glides naturally across genders and genres, which is a quality I also work to embody with my vocals. Sade is pure class in my book."
The emotional content of "By Your Side" is passed through a misted filter that adds a texture to the tonal quality of the tune that Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith makes her own. There's an unforced style to the approach here, taking source material and making it somehow more like itself, carrying the elemental core to the fore and stripping away the dressings of the original.
For those that know and loved the original version of "By Your Side" this is a refreshing take that spotlights the balance between content and form, and for newcomers to the world of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith this free download will serve as an entrance to a world that is unique, rare, and pretty wonderful.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff