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 […]

Jim Haynes | Inconclusive Audio. Visuals. Atmosphere. (CS/DL) From Californian artist and curator Jim Haynes (The Helen Scarsdale Agency) comes the latest, Inconclusive. Consisting of five pieces, this is a work of gradations, starting with blotched. The immediacy of its industrial premise is unknown, which easily leads you into this noise collage blindfolded. It’s my […]

THE CUT: Due to our just concluded Interview Series, and because of the influx of so many interesting records flowing through our office in a short period of time, it makes sense to do our first-ever Toneshift Shorts. This will be a random inclusion in our programming that may pop-up at anytime, but especially when […]

This month Toneshift is curating a selection of conversations with international sound artists. The series runs for the entire span of May, however, during this time we have received a number of outstanding work in various genres and hybrids thereof, some which it would be a shame to overlook despite our primary focus at the […]

Marco Scarassatti | Cuatro crónicas acerca de la ciudad y la ancestralidad Buh Records (CS/DL) In these ‘four chronicles about the city and ancestry‘ (Egungun pasea por la “Serra”; Viento; Ritual y Deriva + Las historias sobrepuestas de Valparaiso) Brazilian sound artist Marco Scarassatti presents a collision and/or tipping on its side perspective of employing […]

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.  […]

Maps and Diagrams | Azurescens False Industries + Handstitched* (CD/CS/DL) Tim Diagram (Tim Martin) and Yair Etziony collaborate on a release appearing on their own imprints (limited + numbered); Handstitched* and False Industries – the latest from Maps and Diagrams is Azurescens.  Once you dip your ears into this chilly production of hair-raising synths and strange […]

Rosalind Hall | Drift Cassauna/IMPREC (CS/DL) Australian musician and composer Rosalind Hall‘s newest tape is called Drift (mastered by Alan F Jones/Laminal Audio) including three microtonal compositions of sax reverberations, synths and field recordings.  On Burden (part of the Avant Whatever festival in Melbourne, 2016) she offers a submerged atmosphere. It is a gray space, […]

Vague Voices | Гробник Amek Collective (CS/DL) This tape wastes no time to inhabit the space, filling up the room with smouldering drone and suspense. Vague Voices are Bulgarian sound artists Stefan Bachvarov (Cyberian) and Angel Simitchiev (Mytrip) and this is the duo’s debut full-length recording via Amek. The collection of ten tracks is immediately […]

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 […]

René Aquarius | Isle Zona Watusa (CS/DL) This is the latest from Dutch drummer René Aquarius (of Dead Neanderthals) on Barcelona-based imprint Zona Watusa. Isle is a single thirty-four minute journey giving “the listener the feeling of being all alone on an island” that “combines field recordings (Germany and Sweden) and a series of notes […]

Claire Rousay | Several Erasures Already Dead Tapes and Records (CS/DL) Several Erasures is the new tape (already sold out, save for the dl) from Texan percussionist Claire Rousay with a run-time of about thirty-six minutes over four tracks. About the recording, Rousay says it “explores queerness, human relationships, and self perception through the use […]

Soundwalk Collective | What We Leave Behind: Jean-Luc Godard Archives mAtter (DVD+CS/DL) This is quite an elaborate a/v project by Japan’s mAtter, taking on one of French New Wave cinema’s most important voices, Jean-Luc Godard. This is a collaboration between NYC’s Soundwalk Collective, the Jean-Luc Godard Archives, Radio France Culture, Deutschlandradio and filmmaker Stephan Crasneanscki […]

Rubén D’Hers | Bolero Transparente Vertical Music (CS/DL) Off the new Milan-based label comes the first of an interesting, fresh tape series. This is Rubén D’Hers‘ Bolero Transparente (recorded in Berlin). In three tracks this sound-sculpting builder of installation-based musical settings offers a pensive, chord-driven work. Romantic Chord Puzzle glows in elongated and warped reverb. […]

Naps | Better to Give Gertrude Tapes (CS/DL) Philly-based Naps (Jason Calhoun) has just released his new album on tape, Better to Give. From the very start (Blind), these five tracks come with a glowing ambient soft texture that sounds like its buffering amid bright spot tones and some granular low end hiss. The tape […]

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 […]