Thomas Tilly | A Semiotic Survey Ferns (CD/DL) French field recordist Thomas Tilly releases his latest on the oft overlooked, but incredible non-profit imprint, Ferns (Paris). Consisting of seven new pieces, this kicks off with a minimal jutting pitch which leads to a similar call by outdoor crickets and cicadas, and the somewhat pleasant crackle […]

Andy Bolus / Anla Courtis / Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson Sober Mario Bros. | Some (CD) Originally recorded in 2008, this quirky set of five untitled tracks is just now seeing the light of day from the trio of collaborators: Andy Bolus, Anla Courtis and Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson. Sober Mario Bros., in a short edition of […]

Earthen Sea | Grass and Trees Kranky (CD/LP/DL) Earthen Sea is American producer Jacob Long. Making work since around 2003, this new release is grounded by its resolve to sooth, yet keep to a stimulating mix. Hints of Basic Channel fuse with an aerated set of warm ancestral beats. Earthen Sea has a clean, contemporary […]

Kölsch | Fabric presents Kölsch Fabric (2xLP/CD) This is the fourth full-length from Danish artist Kölsch (Rune Reilly Kølsch) who’s been recording for just about a decade now. And this sounds as fresh, if not fresher, than his debut way back then. Opening on US1873 with a slow tribal beat, I’m excited as this teases […]

Alvin Curran | Dead Beats – performed by Reinier van Houdt Moving Furniture Records (CDx2/DL) Alvin Curran is without any doubt one of the main figures in contemporary music composition. The American artist, based in Rome, has in his long and prolific career worked out an enormous quantity of pieces in an incredible range of […]

There’s a chill in the air… Jason Lamoreaux (aka The Corrupting Sea) and company have begun a quasi re-vamp on the Somewherecold imprint that was born back in 2005, based in the American South. This year, alone, they have already released eight new recordings, and here we focus on two of the latest by the […]

Ann | Certain Colors Seasides on Postcards (CD/DL) The debut recording from ANN (Marcus Block) who has also recorded under the moniker of Ann Other has been conjuring sounds for nearly a decade. In this stunning ambient work of deep texture and foggy atmosphere we are set adrift within a marine fantasy from the moment […]

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 […]

Christina Kubisch | Schall und Klang Fragment Factory (CD/DL) In one lengthy work at over forty-eight minutes is celebrated composer/artist Christina Kubisch and her most recent work Schall und Klang. This record is “the result of Kubisch’s extensive fieldwork on the trail of Hermann Scherchen (1891-1966), conductor and key figure in 20th century new music.” […]

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 […]

Wabi Experience | Wabi Experience Mikroton (CD/DL) “Seminal touch of electronic music, traditionally rooted” Wabi Experience is the result of the collaboration between Tomislav Federsel (Tomáš Procházka), Czech sound artist and actor, who had the idea for Wabi Experience and Jára Tarnovski, Czech experimental musician from the band Gurun Gurun, who came in creative support […]

Ehsan Banitaba | In Parallel Focused Silence (CD/DL) In an attempt to make spiritual electronic music Iranian composer Ehsan Banitaba brings his own spin to the genre on In Parallel. The recording is broken into two tracks that run just about a half-hour in length. Banitaba invites the listener to question “if we are in […]

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 […]

Jared Sagar | Tombland + BRB>Voicecoil | Reclaim Here are the two latest editions from the always rightly curated Brussels-based Unfathomless, focused on phonographies, field recordings and other microsounds — both available on CD (limited + special editions) and downloadable via Bandcamp. Reclaim is broken into three parts. brb>voicecoil (Kevin Wilkinson) collected his organic source […]

  Merzbow | YahatahachimanOther Voices Records (CD/DL) “Five mantras of noise absolution” Merzbow, is always a highly anticipated noise project hailing from Japan (since 1979) and also recognized as one of the earliest projects in what we now call “Japanoise“! A legendary and highly prolific figure, Masami Akita, the mastermind behind Merzbow, has created 333 […]

Stereo Hypnosis & Christopher Chaplin | Bjarmi Fabrique Records (CD/DL) Collaborating here are a trio of Icelandic electronic artists, Stereo Hypnosis (Óskar Thorarensen, Pan Thorarensen + Thorkell Atlasson) alongside British composer Christopher Chaplin on Vienna-based imprint Fabrique. Here, on these four tracks these gentlemen explore some interesting cross-textural style that only comes from combining various […]

Yvan Etienne | Twist Aposiopèse (LP/CD/DL) In an edition of three-hundred here is the sophomore effort by French artist/activist Yvan Etienne. Twist is quite welcome as we haven’t heard from him since 2014’s Feu which was a great debut, also on Aposiopèse who have been quietly putting out minimal sounds for nearly fifteen years now. […]

Angelina Yershova | CosmoTengri Twin Paradox Records (CD/DL) One thing is for sure, our planet needs all the help it can get, and any record that puts this forward gets my attention. Here is CosmoTengri the new disc by Kazakh composer Angelina Yershova (dedicated to Bakhtiyar Amanzho) out on Roman imprint Twin Paradox. Issues such […]

Michael Bentley | Archai The Foundry (CD/DL) The guiding light behind The Foundry, which was quite busy putting out a spectral range of quality recordings in the late 90s and early 00s, has returned. Michael Bentley‘s Archai, from the label runner himself is the imprint’s first since 2006 and is miles from leaving this re-emerging […]

Denis Frajerman | Wastelands / Lawrence Of ArabiaKlanggalerie (CD/DL) “A masterful bi/polar album in its very nature” Denis Frajerman is a musician and composer hailing from France. Initially known for his participation in the experimental band Palo Alto, he regularly collaborates with storytellers and writers for radio sessions, oratorios, or records. This album is his […]

Marja Ahti | Vegetal NegativesHallow Ground (CD/DL) There is something wonderfully structured about Marja Ahti’s emotive ‘Vegetal Negatives’. A warm and organic tableaux that courts both the familiar and the strange, each of its elements appears rendered with a loving and meticulous hand, an approach that feels on the surface as if it should be […]

Rapoon | Sol Laude: Mercury Rising 3 Winter-Light (CD/DL) Part three of Rapoon‘s (Robin Storey) ‘Mercury Rising’ trilogy, Sol Laude. (after Sanctus Equinox and the previously reviewed Offworld OP1 Equs) the story continues….. The replicants have followed a well known path. Disagreements and divisions began to grow and sectarianism proceeded to develop. Soon it was […]