Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Reworks Soundwalk Collective & Patti Smith
With their one-off live performance at the Pompidou Centre in Paris taking place this Saturday, 22nd October, Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith today share a beatific rework of the track “Song Of The Highest Tower” by acclaimed electronic artist Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.
“Song Of The Highest Tower” is the second track to be shared from the upcoming deluxe box set release of The Perfect Vision, out 25th November via Bella Union and available to preorder here, and follows Jim Jarmusch’s striking reimagining of “Eternity”. Both tracks are included on the remix album that comes with the box set alongside the three accliamedalbums – The Peyote Dance, Mummer Love and Peradam – that make up The Perfect Vision.
Between 2019 and 2021, Soundwalk Collective and Patti Smith collaborated on a triptych of albums which took their inspiration from the writings of three emblematic French poets: Antonin Artaud, Arthur Rimbaud and René Daumal. Central to the work was the poets’ necessity to travel to different lands to acquire a new vision and perspective on themselves and their art. Recorded in the Sierra Tarahumara of Mexico (The Peyote Dance), the Abyssinian valley of Ethiopia (Mummer Love), and the Himalayan Summit of India (Peradam) respectively, each album retraces the poets’ footsteps, channelled through on-location recorded soundscapes, in search of hidden, earthy sounds that hold embedded existence, with Patti Smith revisiting the poets’ words that have been inspired by the landscapes. The result is a sound and visual montage that traverses the works of Rimbaud, Artaud and Daumal in their voyage to elsewhere.
Stimulated by these metaphysical journeys, the musical and sound composition of The Perfect Vision is the starting point for a new site-specific and multidisciplinary exhibition – “Evidence” – that Soundwalk Collective and Patti Smith have conceived for the Pompidou Centre. Evidence is a poetic and immersive quest, an ode to a world without borders, a contemporary reflection on the infinite and the universal, a spiritual quest for oneness as a living and life-giving presence. The physical, sound and visual journeys of Soundwalk Collective enter into a conversation with the poetic trajectories of Patti Smith, to create a new vision and language. The exhibition space presents sound, film, abstract imagery, objects and found art collected from their travels, leading the visitor towards a large investigative installation that juxtaposes photography, text and original artwork by Patti Smith, from both her personal collections as well as those of Musée national d’art moderne and MoMA, as an evidence of the existence of these poets and their inspiration, offering a true immersion in their thought and art.
The exhibition opens today and this Saturday 22nd October Soundwalk Collective & Patti Smith will play a special one-off live performance in the Grand Salle of the Pompidou Centre. More information on both the exhibition and the concert can be found via the Pompidou Centre’s official press release which can be read HERE.
The Perfect Vision remix disc tracklist:
1. Peradam (Brian Eno remix)
2. Song Of The Highest Tower (Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith rework)
3. Ivry (Laraaji rework)
4. Bad Blood (Lotic rework)
5. Indian Culture (Lucrecia Dalt remix)
7. Song Of The Highest Tower (AtomTM remix)
7. Eternity (Jim Jarmusch rework)