To kick off my first reviews of June, here is a triple set of compilations that have come across the radar at Toneshift.  First is on a new label, Subject To Restrictions Discs.  The “Kampf Der Welten EP” is a sampler of sorts, a mission statement to showcase this fresh imprint that deals with synth-led […]

Kate Carr is a sound artist whose work investigates our relationship with the natural world, and explores place and non-place, being and imagining. Her music is often composed using field recordings and sounds sourced from location. Besides her recorded output and live performances, she has contributed to artist residencies that have taken her all over […]

©Tim Saccenti Kelly Moran is a Brooklyn-based composer and multi-instrumentalist, whose prepared piano works have found a wider audience since her signing to Warp Records. Her background includes playing in punk and rock bands, but it has been her nuanced piano recordings that have been making waves in the experimental music world since her early […]

For the past twenty years, Janek Schaefer has manipulated vinyl and found sounds into mesmerising soundscapes in his pursuit of creating beauty.  I spoke with him about his early influences, the helping hand of serendipity and how his approach has developed over the years.  His latest album, What Light There Is Tells Us Nothing, distills […]

French field recordist Bruno Duplant presents an album of quiet, lowercase soundscapes for the Verz label.  Consisting of three tracks, there is a subtle repetition at work that lulls the listener into some very weird spaces.  Opening track “première” purrs and whirs for its duration, with strangely hypnotic loops that occasionally wobble out of sync.  […]

Tiger Village returns to the Hausu Mountain label for a third time with this new album of percussive freak-outs and synth zaniness.  Tim Thornton, the Cleveland-based artist behind the Tiger Village moniker, mixes a playful stew of bright IDM melodies and wildly-processed breakbeats, each track full to bursting with bristling, restless energy. It’s a kind […]

Los Angeles-based violinist Zachary Paul is a modern addition to the line of minimalist composers such as Tony Conrad and Pauline Oliveros, whose work encapsulates the transcendent nature of sustained tones. His new album on the Touch label contains two live recordings and one original film score.  The pair of live pieces here capture the […]

The Brussels-based duo present their new LP on the KrysaliSound label, and it’s a perfect home for their fusion of guitar drones, field recordings and hushed vocals.  Since 2011 Tropic of Coldness have pursued a blissed-out take on harmonic ambience that folds ethereal elements into their compositions.  There are rarely any sharp edges on their […]

Asuna & Jan Jelinek | Signals BulletinFaitiche (LP/DL) When I first heard about this collaborative project between these two artists, I was slightly surprised.  Japanese musician Asuna is known mainly for his organ drones that he manages by taping down keys and creating layers of chords, producing thick waves of warm sound.  He has also been […]

This new release on the Dutch label Shimmering Moods is a satisfying melding of post-rock, ambient-pop and dubbed-out kosmiche.  Bad News from Cosmos are a duo whose work encompasses rhythm and fluid textures, put through plenty of analogue processing.  The tracks here all have a strong sense of motion, filled with a motorized pulse that […]

Patrick Shiroishi | 烏の涙American Damage (CS/DL) Issued on Chicago’s American Damage tape label, this new release by Patrick Shiroishi blends folky blues with wild improvisation to a stunningly contrasting effect.  Shiroishi’s guitar playing is incendiary and it sounds like he has an extra pair of hands on the fret board as he lets loose.  His […]

LaBrecque/Ghazi Barakat | Terminal DesertKarl Records (LP/DL) Paul LaBrecque and Ghazi Barakat team up together to release an album of mutated sound that blends krautrock, kosmiche and free jazz.  This is a free-form music drawing on Barakat’s notion of “meta-music for meta-people in a meta-world”.  There’s a distinctive fourth world ambient vibe pulsing through the […]

The Future Eve feat. Robert Wyatt | KiTsuNe/Brian The FoxFLAU (2xLP/2xCD/DL) Japanese composer The Future Eve arrives on the Flau label with an exquisite album featuring vocals and keyboards by the legendary Robert Wyatt.  Wyatt had a musical idea named “Brian The Fox”, an idea untethered to tempo, and this looseness permeates through the twelve […]

Fabio Orsi | Il Vento Disperderà la SchiumaBoring Machines (LP/DL) There’s a delicate, lightness of touch to the drones that shape this new release from Fabio Orsi.  The Italian composer, who moved to Berlin many years ago, has decided to return to his native Puglia, and this new record reflects that relocation.  Perhaps the move […]

Yves De Mey | SuedaLine (DL) It’s nice to see Yves De Mey returning to the LINE imprint.  His previous work with the label, Lichtung, was a single long form piece that was the original score for a dance solo.  This new album finds the Belgian artist exploring the robust sound world of FM and […]

Gil Sansón/Lance Austin Olsen | Works On PaperElsewhere (CD/DL) The Elsewhere label marks its first year in business with a new release that is expansive and resolutely experimental.  “Works on Paper” is a long distance collaboration between Venezuela-based Sansón and Canada-based Olsen.  This method of electronic file transfer is common these days with high speed […]

Syntax | CurrentKasuga Records (SD/DL) The Berlin electronica label Kasuga shares a similar aesthetic, both musically and visually, with the likes of Raster-Noton.  Austere, minimal electronic sounds are packaged in equally stark graphic design. Their in-house sound is one of reduction and glitched-out grooves, and Syntax’s new release is no exception.  “Current” is the new […]

Pye Corner Audio | Hollow EarthGhost Box (LP/CD/DL) Analogue synth enthusiast Martin Jenkins returns to Ghost Box for a new album under his popular Pye Corner Audio alias.  Following 2016’s “Stasis” album, our attention is pointed downward, deep into the empty chasms of the Earth.  Where “Stasis” investigated themes of vast interstellar travel, this new […]

Corey Fuller | Break12K (LP/CD/DL) Corey Fuller has been a mainstay on the 12k label for a number of years, as one half of Illuha.  Those albums explored a loose, free-flowing ambience and the duo’s live performances that I’ve seen owed a lot to improvisation.  On this solo album, Fuller has created a meticulously crafted […]

Music For Sleep | WaterformsShimmering Moods Records (CD/DL) Music For Sleep is the ambient project of Andrea Porcu, a Sardinian artist now based in Berlin.  His previous work has been mostly self-released, but he now finds the perfect home for his dreamlike compositions on the ever-reliable Shimmering Moods label. Ambient music sometimes skirts with clichés, […]

Richard Youngs/Frans de Waard/Peter Johan NÿlandOnder/Stroom | Moving Furniture Records (LP/DL) The title of this collaborative album means “sans electricity”, and refers to a series of performances that were staged without any electronic instruments.  When this spate of events ended, the three artists on this record decided to go the opposite direction and use everything […]

New Tendencies | Batch0008SM-LL (12″/DL)   The London based SM-LL label returns with a new 12” by New Tendencies, the electronic music project of Matt Nish-Lapidus.  The in-house sound of the label favours repetition and reductionism, and this EP delivers exactly that, but adds plenty of twists along the way. The six tracks here all […]