Label: Hausu Mountain
The sessions of live-looped electronic improvisation that Natalie Chami releases under the TALsounds moniker continue to evolve in complexity and emotional resonance as she refines her approach to performing music as an everyday process. As part of the trio Good Willsmith, Chami’s self-harmonized choral vocals and recursive synth leads weave through her bandmates’ swathes of noise and abstracted “rock” instrumentation. Lifter + Lighter, her second full-length TALsounds release on Hausu Mountain, focuses the spotlight closer than ever on the direct physical reality of her meditative performance style. If 2015’s All The Way (HAUSMO32) offered a series of confessional, diaristic expressions of Chami’s experiences, rooted in specific events along her own timeline, Lifter + Lighter sheds any overarching personal themes in favor of a universal connection to her listeners. Instead of creating vehicles for specific moments, TALsounds hones the technical aspects of her craft, conjuring new inspiration from the tones and improv strategies themselves that she workshops over her exhaustive home recording regimen. On Lifter + Lighter, Chami’s vocals sit closer to the front of her mixes than ever before. Her clear human presence, coupled with her more legible lyrical content, achieves a direct exchange with the audience in the form of her most “song”-like sessions to date, all while maintaining the loose, no-overdubs quality of previous releases.The takes documented on Lifter + Lighter range from filmic expanses of pitch-black synthesis to pounding exercises of industrial rhythm to vocal-focused pieces closer in execution to R&B ballads.