Tag Cloud | Slow LightFuzzy Panda Recording Company (CS/DL) The latest from Chris Videll as Tag Cloud encapsulates four works that are at once a step out of time, and its quite peculiar to venture to guess which way they point. Slow Light verges on the psychedelic, something shadowed, something Moog. It’s a bit of […]

Cyanching | Shadow of a ShadowBezirk Tapes (CS/DL) From London-based Taiwanese composer Cyanching comes an ear-catching debut. Her work, at least at first, comes off subtle with a shroud of harmony slowly emerging from a quiet space. Perhaps Shadow of a Shadow is the sonoric equivalent to mise en abîme, as it transmits what sound […]

Left Limbs | HexesBuzzhowl Records (DL/Cassette) Available now for digital download and/or on black cassette compliments of Buzzhowl Records is ‘Hexes’ – the second release by the Austin, Texas duo ‘Left Limbs.’  Raul Buitrago’s and Jacob Saheb’s forces combine for the live recording from September 1st 2018.  The pair performed two supporting shows for the […]

Ekin Fil | You, Only Vaknar (CS/DL) “Silence expressed with sound” Ekin Üzeltüzenci, aka Ekin Fil, is a lo-fi folk, ambient and electronica artist, hailing from Istanbul, Turkey. Upon arrival in You, Only, the listener is greeted by an adorable piano followed by jolly sweet, yet haunting female voice. Melancholic in every sense, personal, romantic, a homage […]

Emme | Into The DarknessModularfield (CS/DL) This is a techno like nothing else out there right now. The press nugget kind of summarized the ethos here: Although a seemingly dark title, the music is a sonic journey and a catharsis, with the cosmos, technology, the future and life experiences as her focal point. Emme uses […]

Various Artists | Veronica Moser Presents: Neurodiversity Fight Back! Ho.Gravi.Malattie (CS/DL) “A manifesto of neurodiversity fighting back” Any release bearing a thought-provoking title catches the attention and my interest automatically kicks in. Veronica Moser Presents: Neurodiversity Fight Back!, is a conceptually charged, researching attempt, where artists were invited to explore the concept with their distinctive […]

kNN | queste cose non avvennero mai ma sono sempre / rlecchinesqueCanti Magnetici (2xCS) Kaspar NonNewton – kNN is the moniker of Renato Grieco. Born in Napoli (Italy), a city with a great, slowly unfolding scene for experimental music, he has been the protagonist of a consistent outburst of releases between 2018-2019 that led to […]

“Fragile, light feathered and naturally dirty with organic matter” øjeRum | Hendes BregneøjnePerfect Aesthetics (CS/DL) øjeRum is Paw Grabowski, hailing from Denmark. A prolific ambient/experimental musician with -so far- 30 albums and 15 EP’s, mainly on cassette; a sum that is quite an achievement. An artist that focuses on hand cut collage works. With his […]

ANMA | Osaka Syncopathic.Recordings (CS/DL) “Minimalist big” Here is another cassette orgasm! Andreas Mangweth, aka ANMA, is a composer, electronic music producer and double bass player, hailing from Austria. Well this generally drips minimalism. Straightforward minimalism with attached details, many of them, contradicting in various atmospheres. A solid looped base of sound, upon which, everything […]

Jim Wylde/sp3ct3rs | All That You WantedRusted Tone Recordings (CS/DL) All That You Wanted may not necessarily be what you expected. Sometimes sound evolves in ways both unexpected and beyond immediate desire. The initial title track seems to set the tone with a flattened chord fluctuating drone. I feel as though I have heard this […]

Courtis/Moore | 2283Gertrude Tapes (CD/DL) In a collaboration celebrating its first decade, Alan Courtis and Aaron Moore deliver 2283 with the help of Omaha’s Gertrude Tapes. They employ a cavalcade of instruments, toys, objects and devices to deliver this unique ‘things that go bump in the night’ tape. At first it tinkers and squeals lightly, and […]

Ato Vari | StelePerfect Aesthetics (CS/DL) There’s an eerie chill in the air on Stele by Ato Vari (Mads Gravers Nielsen). This is his third tape in each consecutive year since 2017 under this moniker, all on a different imprint (Holy Geometry, Posh Isolation, and Perfect Aesthetics here). The wandering ambient texture breathes the finest […]

Mark Lyken | boneshaker czaszka (rec.) (CS/DL) boneshaker is the latest sonic work from Mark Lyken accompanied by a three-channel sound piece and film with collaborator Emma Dove. The title track is a shaded ambient work of delicate drone presented as part of an installation called Hame. The piece, while chill and introspective has this […]

Whettman Chelmets | Doesn’t Remember… Strategic Tape Reserve (CS/DL) The beginning sounds like an end. A means to an end? A premonition? What have you, this is instantly activated and yet withdrawn, like one of those super long dreams where you feel like a fly on the wall, watching the world meltdown around you. This […]

36 | The Lower Lights + Beneath The Lower Lights Past Inside the Present (LPx2/CS/DL/T-SHIRT) American imprint Past Inside the Present are releasing two interrelated recordings by producer 36 (Dennis Huddleston) simultaneously, starting with the compilation album The Lower Lights. Made between 2018-19 this set of ten tracks which is offered in three vinyl colors […]

Manja Ristić | The Black Isle Flag Day Recordings (CS/DL) Serbian violin player Manja Ristić has only been releasing work since 2015 though this recording is so well-oiled you may imagine this virtuoso as an old master. Part of this is due to her ability to concoct settings so compelling the space just melts, as […]

Valiska | NumbersTrouble In Utopia (CD/CS/DL) Good news – I have completely failed to do my homework and have no idea what I am reviewing. The folder on my computer is labelled simply ‘Valiska’, and contains 4 tracks numbered 1 through 4. The WiFi is down, so I have no more info to go on […]

Simulation | Death’s Head Speaks Hausu Mountain (CS/DL) The electronic Chicago-based duo of Laura Callier and Whitney Johnson are Simulation and their latest, Death’s Head Speaks, is now making the rounds. The six-track recording runs for a bout a half-hour. Their sound is fresh and dramatic, voices, effects, beats – all woven with a electro-punk […]

Hot Gills | Faceless Tales Emailing While Intoxicated (CS/DL) Martin Høgild is Copenhagen-based producer and electronic artist behind Hot Gills. The album Faceless Tales contains ten movements and features prominently bassist Joel Illerhag playing harpbass (upright bass w/added harp strings), and then also sampled by Høgild. At first it sounds like one of those water […]

Rafael Anton Irisarri | Solastalgia Room40 (LP/CS/DL) Rafael Anton Irisarri‘s new work Solastalgia couldn’t come at a more crucial time in our environmental history. In fact, it would seem that artists across the world should take a stand, in their own way, to combat any powers that be that would deny the negative impact of […]

Nathan Moody & HHNOI | Future Rituals Modularfield (CS/DL) An exciting tape split has just surfaced by California sound artist/designer Nathan Moody (whose recent Heliopause we loved) and German ambient sound-shaper HHNOI (Marco Petracca) for which this serves as an introduction to his work. Moody’s work covers side one, a bubbly soft minimal synth faces-off […]

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 […]

Aros E-V | Return Journey self-released (CS/DL) A unique, short tape of electronic sounds made up of two tracks of tape loops, field recordings, and digital processing – running at just about twenty minutes. It’s got a chill vibe, fairly warm tones and lots of crackle and hiss, referencing the source. This Minnesotan, now based […]