Toneshift presents Top Three of 2018

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 to those rare records that hit us in that sweet spot between the ears. All of our contributors, including our newest member, have offered their very Top Three choice recordings of 2018, and it turns out to be a truly diverse selection of unexpected earcandy. … Continue reading Toneshift presents Top Three of 2018

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Drawing In Sound by Christoph Lammers and Andreas Usenbenz

Christoph Lammers and Andreas Usenbenz | Drawing In SoundKlanggold (12”/DL) Abstraction is the quality of dealing with ideas rather than events or the freedom from representational qualities. That being said, we’re about to venture into something bearing the above principal, but in a more fluid way. We’ll deal with abstraction, ideas and an event, free from strict representation. In spring of 2018, experimental sound artist Andreas Usenbenz (Ulm, Germany) and illustrator Christoph Lammers (Munich) came together and tried to approach the concept of “meadow”. They collaborated for the opening performance of the Wiese (meadow) exhibition, at Städtische Galerie, Rosenheim, Germany. … Continue reading Drawing In Sound by Christoph Lammers and Andreas Usenbenz

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The 5th Apple by Alina Kalancea

Alina Kalancea | The 5th Apple Störung (2LP/CD) My first impression of Romanian sound artist Alina Kalancea is a double-take. Partly because every image of her visage on the web is partly obscured, even her own site appearing somewhat faceless – but most of all because her sound is more like the essence of perfume than anything else. Though she’s been at it for years this is her debut album. The eight pieces (an additional hour plus work is available in the full set) presented on The 5th Apple are atomized like fine molecules bursting in mid air. It runs … Continue reading The 5th Apple by Alina Kalancea

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N (46) / [BOLT]

N (46) / [BOLT]Midira Records (LP/DL)   Eschewing an album title, and having songs titled only by length, the already unadorned entity that is N (46) / [BOLT] return with a third full length that abandons much of the more ambient amblings of their previous work.  Comprised of 4 long-form tracks, the album walks a fairly respectable, if well-trodden path, through the sort of doomy, post-metal drone popularised by Sunn O))) and their ilk. It takes some getting used to the fact that their is no drummer – the whole affair is contingent upon the type of heavily distorted guitar … Continue reading N (46) / [BOLT]

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Geelriandre/Arthesis by Éliane Radigue

Éliane Radigue | Geelriandre/Arthesis Important Records (LP) Released tomorrow, this welcome reissue is the first vinyl pressing (1000 ltd ed; black + clear) of this work by the lauded French composer Éliane Radigue which was originally recorded back in 1972-73 (previously released in 2011 by Senufo Editions on CD). They have put each singular, lengthy composition on one side, giving these works the space and grooves they require to open up like a fine wine. Radigue will be 87 years old this month, so this treatment is a warranted tribute to her legendary career as a composer of delicate, complex … Continue reading Geelriandre/Arthesis by Éliane Radigue

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End of Year Review Roundup

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 season is always bright with the intersection of genres 365 days ’round. Here are a dozen of those records you don’t want to miss between candles on the kinara or menorah, passing giftcards or last minute stocking stuffer trips to Target… Instead, take a left … Continue reading End of Year Review Roundup

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Frit Fald II by Lars Fiil

Lars Fiil | Frit Fald II Fiil Free Records (LP/DL) Lars Fiil comes back after 3 years after his first album and extensive touring activity and high critical acclaim. There is no change in the formation of the trio, both the drummer Bjørn Heebøll and the saxophonist Lis Kruse return and have created an incredible alchemy of interplay and communication. The risk of repeating themselves is high, not totally avoidable, but faced with a bold and secure attitude that makes Fritt Fald II a perfect continuation, a further explanation and definitely not a copy. Time has been great for this … Continue reading Frit Fald II by Lars Fiil

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