The multifarious outlets of Chicago experimental musician Maxwell Allison include the solo project Mukqs and the improvisational ambient trio Good Willsmith, whose Twitter account he uses to opine about music. His incisive comments on the granular details of his daily listening make it clear he’s had the experience of loving a song while hating how […]
Good Willsmith return with an acid-fried live album, Cinchel drops an ambient cassette that doubles as an art object, and more.
In 2012, Chicago musicians Max Allison and Doug Kaplan launched the eclectic label Hausu Mountain, which has grown into one of the city’s best indies. It also acts as an umbrella for many of its founders’ projects: Hausu Mountain has released the ambient-adjacent sounds Allison and Kaplan have made with Natalie Chami (aka TALsounds) as […]
Chicago experimentalist Angel Marcloid tries to contain the fractured emotional spectrum of loss with an album for her dead cat.
As Pepper Mill Rondo, Max Allison and Doug Kaplan find the horrifying and the sublime in holiday kitsch.
To support Love Sick, TALsounds’ biggest album yet, Natalie Chami has learned to replay the beautiful ambient pop songs she improvised to record it.
These modest Chicago imprints have gotten so good at what they do that they’re shaping music scenes far and wide.
Beat Kitchen hosts a panel to confront sexual harassment in music, 606 Records books 24 hours of DJs to benefit Lumpen Radio, and more.
Local experimental musician Natalie Chami prepares to drop All the Way, a doozy, moody cassette she recorded as TALsounds.
It’s not quite folk, and that’s part of what makes this song from Guardian Alien front woman Alexandra Drewchin so enchanting.
More one-take split cassettes from Hausu Mountain, a new long-distance LP from Slushy, and more