The Cave of Metaphysical Darkness & Lights by Moloch Conspiracy

Moloch Conspiracy The Cave of Metaphysical Darkness & Lights (Eighth Tower Records; CD/DL) ENCHANTED DARKNESS: On the sophomore effort by Moloch Conspiracy a darkened ambient goth-wave emerges on this limited edition disc in only 50 copies on Italian imprint Eighth Tower. We are At the entrance to the cave, and it’s as though the elongated…

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Reflections by The Corrupting Sea

The Corrupting Sea Reflections (Somewherecold Records; CS/DL) The Corrupting Sea (Jason T. Lamoreaux) has only been releasing ambient music for a couple of years, but has already put out a handful of tapes on his own Texan imprint. It starts with a reverie of percussion layered with slightly twangy synths on Triumph. Mostly what I…

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Two Words by Francis Plagne x crys cole

Francis Plagne & crys cole Two Words (Black Truffle; LP) This debut 33 + a third runs at just about 33 minutes, featuring the duo of Australian songwriter Francis Plagne and Canadian sound artist crys cole. There are no ‘songs’ here. The single track, Two Words, is broken over two sides and at first is…

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Form Phallus Function by Nils Quak

Nils Quak Form Phallus Function (Otomatik Muziek; CS/DL) For his twenty-fourth solo release Germany’s Nils Quak seems to be up to something a bit mischievous. The tape (of which there are only 40) is broken into a trio of tracks ranging in length from 11 to 25 minutes, starting with the opener, L’eclisse (translated: the…

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Dislocations by Pascal Savy

Pascal Savy Dislocations (Experimedia; CD/DL) The album opens to a sphere of silences and a slow-growing distant harmony on The Slow Cancellation Of The Future. The UK-based French sound sculptor manipulates the time signature in a drone like cotton candy. It’s light, airy, voluminous, and translucent. It’s an emotive substratosphere unencumbered by anything but it’s…

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Flood by Jana Irmert

Jana Irmert Flood (Fabrique Records; CD/DL) Berlin-based intermedia artist Jana Irmert will release her Flood (in three parts) on July 20 via Viennese imprint Fabrique Records. Broken into Pt. 1: standing on breaking ice; Pt. 2: silence on a string + Pt. 3: the sound of the universe spinning this is a bit of a…

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Tuesday Evening by Quest

Quest Tuesday Evening (DL) For Frans de Waard, this is as ambient as it gets, and it’s fairly pure in terms of genre. Quest is one of his projects born in the mid 90s to explore this form of transformative deep listening. The wavy synth and happy bird chirping illuminates a path, not unlike the…

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One Two Three Four Five by Bart van Dongen x Richard van Kruysdijk

Bart van Dongen & Richard van Kruysdijk One Two Three Four Five (Opa Loka Records; CD/DL) KEEPING COUNT: The Dutch duo of pianist Bart van Dongen and sound artist Richard van Kruysdijk (Omnichord, Kaoss Pad, live sampling, effects) bring you a new album broken into five numbered tracks. The fusion is pretty special and in…

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Arcs by Asmus Tietchens x David Lee Myers

Asmus Tietchens + David Lee Myers Arcs (aufabwegen; CD/DL) Released back in January, we finally caught up with this striking collaboration from veteran sound artists Asmus Tietchens + David Lee Myers. Arcs is an album, a baker’s dozen of numbered tracks (Arcs 01-13) under the same title. This is the duo’s third shared recording (Flussdichte, Disco…

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Double-Take: Engel by Machinefabriek

DOUBLE-TAKE: This review/s is a slight left turn from our usual format. Most recently myself and Kevin Press connected regarding music criticism in the age of Yelp, Reddit and the endless blog loop. We agreed that much of what both Toneshift.net and Toronto-based Badd Press have in common, down to the selection of what we…

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Closer Apart by Okzharp x Manthe Ribane

Okzharp x Manthe Ribane Closer Apart (Hyperdub; 2xLP/CD/DL) Cape Town’s producer Okzharp and singer/artist Manthe Ribane have collaborated closely with filmmaker Chris Saunders on Closer Apart, the latest record just out on Hyperdub. The album begins with the watery interlude, W U @. Ribane’s vocal treatment is harmonic and jittery. As we are all bombarded…

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Sound Diary of Quiet Pedestrians by Mathieu Ruhlmann x Joda Clement

Mathieu Ruhlmann & Joda Clement Sound Diary of Quiet Pedestrians (Unfathomless; CD/DL) DISTORTED + DETACHED: Regular collaborative duo Mathieu Ruhlmann & Joda Clément have recently released one of their most obliquely provocative records to date with Sound Diary of Quiet Pedestrians. Over four tracks they lay out an atmosphere that is filled with atmospheres ranging…

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