Good Willsmith

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Is The Food Your Family Eats Slowly (2012), 5/10
14 Years Of Desperate Research (2012), 6.5/10
Aquarium Guru Shares The SecretTactic (2014), 5/10
The Honeymoon Workbook (2014), 6/10
Snake Person Generation (2015), 4.5/10
Things Our Bodies Used to Have (2016), 5/10

Chicago trio Good Willsmith (Natalie Chami, Doug Kaplan and Maxwell Allison) released several live free-form cassettes of ambient droning such as Is The Food Your Family Eats Slowly (Hausu Mountain, 2012), that contains Continually Suffer from Watching your Garden be Destroyed, and especially 14 Years Of Desperate Research (Umor Rex, 2012), divided in the 23-minute Documents That You Don't Understand and the 20-minute cosmic-psychedelic collage No-One Wants To End Up With Memory. The latter upped the ante by incorporating more methodically found sounds, electronic keyboards, electric guitars, and treated acoustic instruments.

Aquarium Guru Shares The SecretTactic (Baked Tapes, 2014) contains the sitar-initiated Pyramid 1 - My Legendary Silver Triangle Wealth Pyramid. and especially the noisy dissonant What I am is a Living, Breathing Example of How with a creepy female echo in the background.

Their albums adopted a more professional sound starting with The Honeymoon Workbook (Umor Rex, 2014). Now Shower Put on all Black begans in a videogame whirlwind and ends in a Terry Riley-ian Indian-tinged loop (the Riley-ian motif continues in Taking too Long to Text but ends in horror shrieks). The creepy eight-minute My Body to Breath with mournful female vocals, bubbling background and chirping synth effects leads to the derelict distorted drones and anguished lament of If Anything Happens to me, my Password is Lady Lass.

Snake Person Generation (Hausu Mountain, 2015) mainly contains the 18-minute Real Wet Feet Get Real Wet, which, unfortunately, is mostly a trivial collage of dialogues with very little music.

Things Our Bodies Used to Have (Umor Rex, 2016) was an even more tamed formed of musique concrete. This time the pieces are too short: A Disease You've Probably Never Heard Of Is Killing Kids packs Stockhausen, Frank Zappa and plunderphonics in two minutes. The abstract electronic collage But Someone Else's Kids segues into the molasse of voices and birds These Kids Aren't Alright. The eight-minute What Goes In The Ocean Goes In You begins with pensive drones but then it stages a crescendo of noise and density. Its first part is typical of this trio's amateurish synth electronica, that truly belongs to the pioneering era of the Silver Apples and the Tonto's Expanding Head Band, not even worthy of Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece, but the second half is a torrential sonic puzzle of some substance. Whales Sing Great Melodies With Fantastic Lyrics, another eight-minute composition, is wildly ineffective in the way it blends free-form female vocals and guitar improvisation. These albums of their "maturity" actually mark a regression from the creativity of the early tapes.

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