Simon Scott | Soundings Touch (CD/CS/DL) This is as if I have really begun to hear the work of Simon Scott for the very first time – even after listening to his work over a good part of the 2010’s, since Below Sea Level (12K, 2012). Soundings (out on 2/22) is a different approach to […]

Whettman Chelmets | Giant Eyes & Infant Steps Girly Girl (CD/CS/DL) Fatherhood is a unique experience, and translated into a psychedelic record like Giant Eyes & Infant Steps sort of makes sense. The loopy recording by Whettman Chelmets of Joplin (Missouri) opens with Interruptus, a quasi intro of animated surrealism, that moves right into the […]

Siavash Amini and Matt Finney | Second ShiftOpal Tapes (CD/DL) Three albums into their collaborative series, Siavash Amini and Matt Finney have developed a reputation for concocting thematically and aesthetically dark worlds that meld awkward characters with oft punishing soundscapes. Although Second Shift’s spoken narrative certainly points to this being a fair assessment of their […]

Bardo Todol & Devid Ciampalini | El Origen Del Pensamiento MágicoIkuisuus (CS/DL) “Architectural musique concrete” Bardo Todol is an experimental music project hailing from Argentina and consisting -as I read- by either Pablo Picco with Nico Picco or Pablo Picco with Atilio Sanchez. Devid Ciampalini (Metzengerstein, Holy Hole) is an Italian musician and experimentalist, working […]

Espacio Profundo | Laniakea Zona Watusa (CS/DL) A field recording of croaks and caws casts the setting for Laniakea (or “immense heaven” in Hawaiian) which is named after a supercluster in the galaxy. On their third tape since 2015 Espacio Profundo wastes no time on Calotriton Arnoldi creating an incredible depth of atmosphere, with cowbells […]

Meglamancha | Silica Staertenbard Records (CS/DL)   Netherlanders Freek Philippi and Marlon Wolterink otherwise known as Meglamancha have delivered their third full-length release in as many years with Silica. Last April we covered Megara, which was a lot more spurious and revved than this one. A year has driven a direction of ominous composure. From […]

V-stók | Primordial Soup Amek Collective (CS/DL) From Bulgarian producer V-stók comes the irresistibly psychedelic plunge into Primordial Soup. Slowly awakening with enveloping layers of early morning ambient textures Omne Vivum Ex Vivo evolves with a time-released set of momentary pulsations and reverb. Mitosis follows building a chillier atmosphere from the initial junket of minimal […]

Inade | The Nine Colours Of The Threshold Loki Foundation (LP/CD/CS/DL)   “Epic audio mythology ritual from the post-industrial era” There was a huge wave of post-industrial projects in the late 80’s, early 90’s, among them was Inade, a dark ambient duo, Knut Enderlein and René Lehmann, hailing from Leipzig, Germany ever since. Was the […]

Fabio Perletta | HesitantDinzu Artefacts (CS/DL)   Italian sound artist Fabio Perletta takes his fascination with minimalism to Zen-like levels on this new release.  His love of Japanese aesthetics has been displayed on previous works, most notably his album Ichinen 一念, on the LINE label from 2017.  That release took much of its source sounds from field recordings made […]

R.H.G.T. |Depersonalisation Opal Tapes (CS/DL) “A layered psychological narration”                            R.H.G.T. (Red Hook Grain Terminal) is the moniker of Jordan Edge, contemporary sound artist, composer and live performer, hailing from the UK. His experiments involve industrial objects, raw materials and the use of architecture in order to manipulate the medium through which sound travels. He […]

Today we are spinning a half dozen new records spanning a few continents. These have come to our attention from Australia, Brazil, the United Kingdom and the US. Five of these are produced by labels we are reviewing for the very first time, as we are always open to such exquisite, extreme and exotic introductions. […]

Leumann | Dystopian Land(e)scape Gertrude Tapes (Cassette/DL) “A memento mori of what was here before”                              Manuel Parisella hailing from Rome, is an active experimental musician (tapes, synths, modular and guitar) since 1988. Leumann is a very interesting case of what I -informally- call “cinematic music”, despite the fact that the music I’m referring to, […]

Selm | Kreise Opal Tapes (2xCS/DL) The Brothers Giets as Selm unveil their latest outpouring of jilted electronics via Opal Tapes upon the morrow. Kreise is a double tape set that opens with the pulse of Blood running through its compass. It’s bent in all the right ways – with a honed minimalism and bleak […]

THE TONESHIFT TOP THREE: Though we managed to crank out more than four-hundred reviews in 2018, there were certain releases that broke the highest of expectations, or came in from left field here at Toneshift headquarters. Instead of another boring Top 10 list we decided to be extremely shrewd in our curation and pare down […]

øjeRum | A Certain Grief Shimmering Moods Records (CD/CS/DL) Danish artist øjeRum (Paw Grabowski) just delivered a delicate and masterful work, available in a few formats via Amsterdam’s Shimmering Moods. Nine tracks, simply separated by Roman numerals that are delightfully airy, melancholic, and dare I say — romantic. The atmosphere is soft and lush, without […]

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 […]

Me, Claudius | Good Diz, Bad Bird Bezirk (CS/DL) In an edition of forty tapes a new UK label offers its interesting wares in the form of abstract piano and other non-confirmative sound effects. The tape opens with the title track, Good Diz, Bad Bird. Opening with false start piano chords I realize this with not […]

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 […]

Modelbau | Offen Barreuh Records (CS/DL) Frans de Waard is a tireless creative, having produced countless recordings under a dozen or so monikers, solo and collaborative, and this past season alone, as Modelbau, four recordings have emerged on various imprints. Offen (in an edition of only 27 tapes) stood out to me for its tight programming […]

Philip Sulidae | Petrification and Strife Hemisphäre の空虚 (CS/DL) Australian composer Philip Sulidae has released a delicate minimal work titled  Petrification and Strife, encompassing two lengthy pieces for the imprint he manages, Hemisphäre の空虚.  Like other label releases, the simplicity is in pure black and white, like the uncomplicated cover art that spells out its […]

Abby Lee Tee | Imaginary Friends I Czaszka (CS/DL) Austrian sound artist Abby Lee Tee has been on the scene since around 2011, and his sound has always maintained maximum minimalism. An uncompromising approach to his material floods these twenty minutes with even more experimental gestures than usual. By its title we may assume that […]

Ilia Belorukov + Alfredo Costa Monteiro + Miguel A. Garcia ETWAS | Tanuki Records (CS/DL) A first time trio (all who have worked together in various configurations) offers two lengthy textural works, one per side, on this cassette from Belgian imprint Tanuki Records. All three are playing electronics here, and in addition you can experience […]

For the last three months we have truly been inundated with diverse new releases, and because of volume and curation many of them miss hitting the pixels we produce here at Toneshift.net. We are so lucky to be able to have access to such a wide breadth of innovative sounds. Out of these numerous works […]