Merzbow | MONOAkuma Room40 (CD/DL) MONOAkuma documents a live performance from 2012. It’s a recording of Merzbow’s ferocious attack on the ears of the audience attending the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane of that year, and celebrates the full-on immersion of his live shows. Masami Akita has had an unbelievably prolific career as the […]

France Jobin | Intrication No. (CD/DL) A stalwart of the microsound scene, France Jobin releases her 9th album on the No. label. Despite her previous association with the most lowercase of sounds, this album sees the Montreal-based artist expand her sound palette considerably. These tracks are noticeably fuller in scale and scope, allowing Jobin to […]

Olan Mill | Sounds of a New Father Shimmering Moods Records (CS/DL) Orphax | Dream Sequence #5 Non-Harmonic Multitones (3″ CD-R/DL) Two recent releases of drifting ambient here. Orphax presents the fifth installment of his “Dream Sequence” series, and it’s a meditative piece that ripples and washes by.  The composition was inspired by taking a […]

Luigi Turra | Fukinsei mAtter (LP/DL) Two years after his “Alea” release on the LINE imprint, Luigi Turra returns with a collection of new explorations in microsound on the Tokyo-based mAtter label.  Fukinsei finds the Italian sound artist continuing his investigations into abstract structures of lowercase sound, silence and the delicate balance between the two. This […]

Amp | Entangled Time Ampbase /Sound in Silence (10″/DL/CDR) Besides a couple of live recordings, this is the first full album by Amp in about seven years, and it’s a relief to know that they are still active. Amp hail from a very British tradition of post-rock, one that distills shoe gaze with electronics, psychedelic […]

Mumdance | Shared Meanings Shared Meanings (12″/CS/DL) Curated and compiled by Jack Adams under his Mumdance alias, Shared Meanings is an expansive project taking in a mixed and non-mixed version, a 12” of selected tracks and even a limited edition cassette for the tape collectors out there. The 32 track mix covers a lot of […]

I-LP-ON | ÄÄNET Editions Mego (LP/DL) Rhythmic, minimal and austere, this I-LP-ON is a fitting tribute to the memory of the late Mika Vainio by his Pan Sonic partner Ilpo Väisänen. On this new release for Editions Mego, Väisänen takes inspiration from his experiences with the legendary outfit he and Vainio worked in for over […]

Monty Adkins Empire (Line, DL) Still Juniper Snow (Huddersfield Contemporary Records, CD/DL) This month sees two releases featuring British sound artist Monty Adkins, both finding their origins and inspiration in the visual arts. Empire, released on Richard Chartier’s LINE imprint, attempts to create a soundtrack to Andy Warhol’s famous black and white silent film of […]

Pascal Savy | Colour Fields Audio.Visuals.Atmosphere. (CS/DL) French artist Pascal Savy drops us into a dense cloud of foggy drones on his new album Colour Fields. This is his second album this year, following Dislocations on the Experimedia label, which plotted a similar route through amorphous drifting sounds. This new collection is released by the […]

Mind Over MIDI | Falling Shimmering Moods Records (CD/DL) Voices, analogue warmth and endless echoes are the order of the day on this new 10 track album by Mind Over MIDI. Released by the Shimmering Moods label, it’s an ambient album that works essentially as a whole. Each track is around the 5-minute mark, but […]

Geneva Skeen | A Parallel Array of Horses Room40 (DL) I first encountered LA-based Geneva Skeen’s music in 2016 when she released Dark Speech on Dragon’s Eye Recordings. It was a departure from that label’s output, one that usually focuses on lowercase sounds, as Skeen’s was heavier, more industrial at times and utilized dramatic gestures. […]

Jürg Frey | 120 Pieces of Sound Clara de Asís | Without Stefan Thut | about Elsewhere Music (CD/DL)   The first thing I noticed about Elsewhere, the new label curated by Yuko Zama, was the similarity between its logo and that of Erstwhile Records. It’s no surprise then to discover the connection between the […]

Grand Mal X | Retrospektiv 2010–2016 Ant-Zen (DL) Swedish duo Grand Mal x flirt between old school electro patterns and more modern DSP shapes, combining the two into an irresistibly propulsive funk on some tracks and a much more abstract terrain on others. Retrospektiv 2010 – 2016 is a collection of previously released material, originally […]

Tonus Cagean Morphology Intermediate Obscurities I + IV Texture Point  | A New Wave of Jazz (CD/DL) Belgium label A New Wave of Jazz has released a steady discography of albums, all sharing an in-house visual design that favors minimal aesthetics. This visual identity, incidentally, is the work of Rutger Zuydervelt, the experimental sound artist who […]

Arve Henriksen | The Height Of The Reeds Rune Grammofon (LP/CD) The northern English coastal town Hull was, in 2017, selected as UK City of Culture, resulting in a range of artistic events being bestowed upon the city. One was a commission involving Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen creating the audio for a soundwalk across the […]

Low | Double Negative Sub Pop Records (LP/CD/CS/DL) Review by Darren McClure 25 years into their career, Low release their twelfth album and do so by taking a major departure in sound design and aesthetics. The sparse, spacious rock compositions are still intact, but this time they’ve embraced new levels of distortion and noise to […]

Stephan Mathieu Radiance (Schwebung; CDx12; DL) Special to Toneshift.net: Review by Darren McClure The Radiance series began with a crowd-funded request by its creator, Stephan Mathieu, the best part of two years ago. From that point, 12 installments were released digitally on a semi-regular basis, and the physical edition has been released this month. 12 […]