The 5th Apple by Alina Kalancea

Alina Kalancea | The 5th Apple Störung (2LP/CD) My first impression of Romanian sound artist Alina Kalancea is a double-take. Partly because every image of her visage on the web is partly obscured, even her own site appearing somewhat faceless – but most of all because her sound is more like the essence of perfume than anything else. Though she’s been at it for years this is her debut album. The eight pieces (an additional hour plus work is available in the full set) presented on The 5th Apple are atomized like fine molecules bursting in mid air. It runs … Continue reading The 5th Apple by Alina Kalancea

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N (46) / [BOLT]

N (46) / [BOLT]Midira Records (LP/DL)   Eschewing an album title, and having songs titled only by length, the already unadorned entity that is N (46) / [BOLT] return with a third full length that abandons much of the more ambient amblings of their previous work.  Comprised of 4 long-form tracks, the album walks a fairly respectable, if well-trodden path, through the sort of doomy, post-metal drone popularised by Sunn O))) and their ilk. It takes some getting used to the fact that their is no drummer – the whole affair is contingent upon the type of heavily distorted guitar … Continue reading N (46) / [BOLT]

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Geelriandre/Arthesis by Éliane Radigue

Éliane Radigue | Geelriandre/Arthesis Important Records (LP) Released tomorrow, this welcome reissue is the first vinyl pressing (1000 ltd ed; black + clear) of this work by the lauded French composer Éliane Radigue which was originally recorded back in 1972-73 (previously released in 2011 by Senufo Editions on CD). They have put each singular, lengthy composition on one side, giving these works the space and grooves they require to open up like a fine wine. Radigue will be 87 years old this month, so this treatment is a warranted tribute to her legendary career as a composer of delicate, complex … Continue reading Geelriandre/Arthesis by Éliane Radigue

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End of Year Review Roundup

ON THE 12TH MONTH OF…..♬ Aside from the dusty white scapes of Bing Crosby, Burl Ives and the overly spangled reveals of Mariah Carey there are plenty of non-seasonal sounds wafting through the holiday airwaves that have nothing in common with tradition whatsoever. Or do they? Well, they sure do here at Toneshift where the season is always bright with the intersection of genres 365 days ’round. Here are a dozen of those records you don’t want to miss between candles on the kinara or menorah, passing giftcards or last minute stocking stuffer trips to Target… Instead, take a left … Continue reading End of Year Review Roundup

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Frit Fald II by Lars Fiil

Lars Fiil | Frit Fald II Fiil Free Records (LP/DL) Lars Fiil comes back after 3 years after his first album and extensive touring activity and high critical acclaim. There is no change in the formation of the trio, both the drummer Bjørn Heebøll and the saxophonist Lis Kruse return and have created an incredible alchemy of interplay and communication. The risk of repeating themselves is high, not totally avoidable, but faced with a bold and secure attitude that makes Fritt Fald II a perfect continuation, a further explanation and definitely not a copy. Time has been great for this … Continue reading Frit Fald II by Lars Fiil

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Chronicles by The 7th Plain

The 7th Plain (Luke Slater) | Chronicles I-III A-TON (LP/CD//DL) Luke Slater (here as The 7th Plain) is a household name to most rave/techno devotees of the 90’s into the present. Chronicles is an epic project, perhaps Slater’s cosmic alt persona focused on more emotionally charged work as “a response to those hallucinatory, spiritual, but still social spaces at the heart of underground communities.” And this is a long-player, for sure — as it spans three 2xLP volumes with hours of new sounds. These are available individually or as a set, though there is something unique within each set that … Continue reading Chronicles by The 7th Plain

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Forbidden Symmetries by Tender Buttons

Tender Buttons | Forbidden Symmetries Rastascan Records (LP/DL) The Bay Area has an afterglow with the latest minimal abstractions from Tender Buttons, Forbidden Symmetries (Rastascan Records). The trio creates an intersection between post-jazz and nu-classical, but bring their own blend of silences and cosmic effects to this record that includes two lengthy tracks, one per side, timing out at a bit over twenty-seven minutes for run time. These guys (Tania Chen, Tom Djll, Gino Robair) are so far out there, they even got their name from the 1914 Gertrude Stein novel. These three are who some of the grand-heirs to … Continue reading Forbidden Symmetries by Tender Buttons

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