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Natalie Chami adopted the TALsounds moniker in 2009 for her explorations in the drone, ambient, and electroacoustic improv disciplines. In live performance, Chami's analog synthesizers weave together into drifting loops that evolve in tandem with her vocal leads and choral harmonies. Her meditative sessions stretch into hypnotizing depths of stream-of-consciousness multi-instrumental input, sinking into expanses of infinite sustain and cresting into bursts of noise from an arsenal of oscillators and effects pedals. Through her semi-improvised lyrics and nuanced sculpting of mood and atmosphere, Chami’s music strikes a balance between channeling her lived experiences into distinctly personal pieces of art and losing herself within the transportive textures that she pours into her sessions.

After a series of tape releases on labels like Hausu Mountain and Moog's own physical imprint, Chami released her first TALsounds LP, Love Sick, with New York's Ba Da Bing Records. Her second LP, Acquiesce, arrived in 2020 on NNA Records. Commentary on the music of TALsounds has appeared in publications including Pitchfork, NPR, The Fader, and Chicago Reader. The Fader acknowledged that Chami “has spent the past decade developing a reputation as one of America's most compelling DIY artists.” The Chicago Reader identifies her as “a crucial contributor and even one of the faces of the city’s contemporary avant-garde electronic scene.” Pitchfork noted that “the true brilliance of [Acquiesce] is how she channels [her] life tensions through [her] creative process.” 

Chami has performed across America and Canada, and traveled to Europe in 2018 for a string of dates with Chicago composer Haley Fohr (Circuit Des Yeux). As a member of free music trio Good Willsmith, she has toured the US and released nine albums since 2012, including the LPs The Honeymoon Workbook (2014) and Things Our Bodies Used To Have (2016), along with Exit Future Heart (2018), a collaborative LP recorded with Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa - all issued through Mexico City-based label Umor Rex. Chami also performs as half of ambient duo l'eternebre and regularly collaborates in informal improv ensembles with musicians from Chicago and beyond, including frequent tour-mate Whitney Johnson (Matchess). She is Lebanese, was born in Ontario, and lives in Chicago, where she teaches music and leads the vocal department at the Chicago High School for the Arts.

 

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