Label: Hausu Moountain
Natalie Chami stands behind a station of synthesizers, oscillators, and pedals, clutching a microphone in one hand as she presses keys and spins knobs with the other. In her solo work under the TALsounds moniker, as a member of free music trio Good Willsmith, and as half of the ambient duo l’éternèbre, Chami has explored the infinite potential of improvised performance as a means of personal discovery and catharsis. The live-in-the-studio sessions captured on All The Way, her first full-length solo album with Hausu Mountain, unfold as slow-breathing meditations built from recurring synth figures and choral layers of self-harmonized vocalizations. A far cry from the trope of the disembodied specter masked behind a curtain of reverb, TALsounds makes her physical presence known as the real-time architect of her live-looped mosaics. Every gesture she makes funnels into her system of electronics and returns to occupy another stratum of her dense fields of sound. If Chami’s sessions, presented without overdubs, float somewhere between the realms of chance improvisation and precise narrative construction, then her mastery of her process and performance tactics all but erases that distinction.