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- The Honeymoon Workbook by Good Willsmith
8/10 Mike Staff review, 04 April 2014
We do stock a lot of weird shit here at Norman, don't we? This week's review marathon has turned hallucinatory today as wave after wave of the very trippiest sounds our emporium has to offer have been bouncing around my head for the last few hours. I don't pick them that way, it's just how the cookie crumbles.
In contention for oddest balls of the day are the spectacularly monikered Good Willsmith, whose 'Honeymoon Workbook', improvised live and presented without overdubs, is kind of like listening to two records at once. At first all you can hear is space-age chirping and burping, then you spot someone babbling wildly like that guy from Raccoo-oo-oon, but deep inside all the twitch'n'glitch madness is a heart of pure warm welcoming drone, an oasis of stillness amidst the hubbub. This drone eventually comes to the fore, joined by a primitive techno beat and some samples...
This is pretty wild, we're still on the first track here, it's a slowly morphing collage of lo-fi synthesis that's disorienting but with enough warmth and personality and melody to keep me involved. There's all sorts of weird samples in the second track, with taped vocal drones speeding up and down and more electronic chirps and twitches. Then on the last track on side A there's crazy arpeggios looping around some crunchy textural slurry and droney melodies drifting slowly underneath. I'm going on for too long so I'll spare you the blow-by-blow account of side B but this is highly entertaining and chaotic freeform synth action with a surprisingly soft centre.
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