Good Willsmith – Snake Person Generation

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Released on 7/7/15. C36 – Gold tape with black imprints. Pro-dubbed chrome + tape. 2-sided 3-panel J-card with artwork from Max Allison.

Good Willsmith is a free music trio from Chicago composed of Natalie Chami (aka TALsounds) and Hausu Mountain founders Doug Kaplan and Max Allison. Snake Person Generation features live-in-the-studio sessions from two periods of the band’s existence: an extended improvisation that predates The Honeymoon Workbook LP (Umor Rex, 2014), and four miniature pieces recorded in advance of Good Willsmith‘s east coast tour in Summer 2015.

Side A’s “Real Wet Feet Get Real Wet” finds Chami and Allison drifting together through a series of slow harmonic shifts as they layer the stereo spread with interlaced synth lines and low-end oscillator drones. Kaplan focuses on looping and manipulating the playback of children’s vinyl records, spewing disembodied dialogue into a thickening cloud of Chami’s vocal phrases. Side B compresses the band’s tone-disfiguring improv tactics into surges of maniacal noise texture, presented as discrete takes without overdubs. Kaplan’s alien guitar work tethers the sessions to some conception of a noise-rock power trio, seasoned by jam band fever dreams and no-wave randomization. Allison builds loping drum machine rhythms and Chami howls into the abyss, as the two of them exchange peals of corrupted synthesis (and stories of their dreams).