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 […]