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 […]

Mumdance | Shared Meanings Shared Meanings (12″/CS/DL) Curated and compiled by Jack Adams under his Mumdance alias, Shared Meanings is an expansive project taking in a mixed and non-mixed version, a 12” of selected tracks and even a limited edition cassette for the tape collectors out there. The 32 track mix covers a lot of […]

Patrick Shiroishi | Sparrow’s Tongue Fort Evil Fruit (CS/DL) As LA-based musician Patrick Shiroishi explains his new recording, his sixth solo album, on the Irish imprint Fort Evil Fruit: “All of the saxophone parts were recorded live with additional field recordings as well as my mother reciting some of my grandfather’s tankas. Two pieces focus […]

Andrea Borghi | Superelief Hemisphäreの空虚 (CS/DL) Wielding a prepared turntable, electroacoustic device and a computer Andrea Borghi offers one of the years most micro and exploratory tapes on Superelief via Australian imprint Hemisphäreの空虚. Borghi developed this piece over an art residency in Florence. At first it sounds as if he’s popping corn, there’s this infectious […]

Shoeg | Container Orange Milk Records (CS/DL) Barcelona-based artist Shoeg (Carlos Martorell) has recently released Container through Orange Milk Records. The tape is broken into two lengthy tracks, or sides – Movement 1-17 and Movement 18-25 respectively. At first its glitchy, rounded with tactile electronic signals that slowly pour outward and meander like a lost […]

evolv | Formlessness Flag Day Recordings (CS/DL) From the bell tone styled separation at the very top of our nation’s capital comes new work from evolv called Formlessness. With its ghostly presence the static-laden melody of Such a Cosmic Joke opens up after ninety seconds, to a circulatory strumming. Mind you, its assent is no […]

Pascal Savy | Colour Fields Audio.Visuals.Atmosphere. (CS/DL) French artist Pascal Savy drops us into a dense cloud of foggy drones on his new album Colour Fields. This is his second album this year, following Dislocations on the Experimedia label, which plotted a similar route through amorphous drifting sounds. This new collection is released by the […]

J Butler | Found self-released (CS/DL) In his fifth release since 2011 Pittsburgh’s J Butler rolls out Found an austere and unique study in looped ambient textures. Limited to only fifty tapes, this one is fueled by oscillators and guitar, and was mastered by 12K imprint + electronic whiz Taylor Deupree. Five lustrous tracks that […]

Babe, Terror | Fadechase Marathon Glue Moon Records (CS/DL) Review by Giuseppe Pisano The Brazilian producer Claudio Szynkier, known as Babe, Terror strikes back once more with a very laidback yet solid release for the American label Glue Moon Records: Fadechase Marathon. The album’s very beginning, Hazelon, carefully builds the idea of a modern-times urban […]

MoE / Marhaug | Capsaicin Conrad Sound / Substrata + Utech Records (CD/CS/DL) From Norway comes a noise collaboration that has proven to be a sonic surprise from MoE and Lasse Marhaug, it’s Capsaicin (parts One through Four). At first it is a bit brooding, an extended deep bass drone, growing gradually, in time-released single […]

TamTam | Rheingold Crónica (CS/DL) Such is the stature of ‘Des Ring Der Nibelungen’ that even the mildest utterance of Rheingold feels somewhat brazen, a laden-thrust to the overbearing musical resonance that word conjures: yet Tamtam’s work is entirely antithetical to the Wagner opera with which it shares a moniker. Based upon hydrophone recordings of […]

Alecsi | 033186 Hotham Sound (CS/DL) Vancouver artist and composer Alecsi‘s (Alexi Baris) 033186 is the 10th tape release from British Columbian imprint Hotham Sound whose been around since 2015. From the ridiculous cherry ‘trees’ made from stalks of broccoli on its cover, you know you are in for something from an alternate reality (which seems popular […]

Brian James Griffith | Inner Work Histamine Tapes (CS/DL) Los Angeles-based sound artist Brian James Griffith‘s new tape Inner Work hit me right in that bright spot that tranquilizes the expectations and tribulations of the everyday. It’s a morphing and moody ambient set of eight pieces that neutralizes the sappiness of new age and somehow […]