Good Willsmith exist at the crossroads of minimal and maximal. For further proof, you need look no further than the Chicago-based trio's Bandcamp. The group's pieces, which they accurately sum up as long-form structured improvisations, are simultaneously sparse and thunderous. Good Willsmith's catalogue consists of several tapes released through the band's own Hausu Mountain label. The tape artwork parallels its content: futurist collage gives way to sonic bricolage, using synths, looping hardware, and miscellaneous media to construct elaborate and compelling pieces.
Now the group-- Max Allison, Natalie Chami, and Doug Kaplan-- have announced their first proper LP, The Honeymoon Workbook, to be released at the end of March. Album sampler, "& my body to breath / now ~ shower put on all black," was recorded live in a single session. The track exemplifies the band's fine tuned abilities to manipulate and layer various sounds and textures, resulting in a performance that's as entrancing as it is paralyzing. At the beginning of the ten minute track, a piece of sampled dialogue provides what could easily be the band's mantra: "relax now, as we've put together several interesting sounds just for you to experience."
The Honeymoon Workbook is out March 25 via Umor Rex Records.