November Wrap-Up

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 I have decided there are a small batch that I cannot just allow to pass into the ether. So I am taking on those holdouts here in a series of quickie session of shotgun reviews (don’t let my brevity dissuade you from listening longingly), consider … Continue reading November Wrap-Up

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ÄÄNET by I-LP-ON

I-LP-ON | ÄÄNET Editions Mego (LP/DL) Rhythmic, minimal and austere, this I-LP-ON is a fitting tribute to the memory of the late Mika Vainio by his Pan Sonic partner Ilpo Väisänen. On this new release for Editions Mego, Väisänen takes inspiration from his experiences with the legendary outfit he and Vainio worked in for over twenty years. A wide array of musical styles has been distilled into a rough and ready collection that pulses with analog drum machines, hissing noise, ambient atmospheres and a heady dub sensibility. Added to that are field recordings made while on Pan Sonic’s 2000 world … Continue reading ÄÄNET by I-LP-ON

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Hence by Oren Ambarchi & Jim O’Rourke

Oren Ambarchi & Jim O’Rourke w/U-zhaanHence – Editions Mego (LP/DL) Jim O’Rourke and Oren Ambarchi’s latest collaboration begins with a 10 minute jam that serves to clearly articulate the sonic palette that’ll be used throughout the rest of the album. There is a distinct ‘world-music’ vibe to the whole affair, an approach that points to some unspecified otherness and that, without perhaps meaning to, is entirely reminiscent of the signifier for general ‘foreignness’ used in so many lazy movie soundtracks. Though holding almost god-like status in their field, it is clear by now that the composers nonetheless have an exceedingly … Continue reading Hence by Oren Ambarchi & Jim O’Rourke

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Esam by Ligovskoï

Ligovskoï | Esam Field Records (LP/DL) The French duo of Nikolaï Azonov and Valerio Selig are Ligovskoï. The two formed in 2010, releasing one full-length back in 2013 and a few remix eps since. Their first effort for Amsterdam-based imprint Field Records is Esam and you can get a sneak peak listen here before its release on November 12. The record is saturated in ambient passages that are immediately sedative. The recording opens with Thessalonians, employing a winding and dappled synth, a font of pleasure for the eardrums. The atmosphere is doused in soft layering effects that are silky with … Continue reading Esam by Ligovskoï

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Uses Instruments Because He Likes The Sounds by Nils Rostad

Nils Rostad | Uses Instruments Because He Likes The Sounds Tallerk Plater (LP) Consisting of fourteen new pieces (seven per side) this is the third release on Tallerk Plater by studio musician Nils Rostad. Uses Instruments Because He Likes The Sounds is something quite different from his 2012 H1 release which was a far-out there clash between tribal and prog, or his other prior inventive fusions. I’m just catching up with this record which was released back in January and on here (ltd to 200 copies w/fold-out-cover + small art-inserts) he opens with Vil Verta a vibrant alternative space rock … Continue reading Uses Instruments Because He Likes The Sounds by Nils Rostad

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Like Driving by Streifenjunko

Streifenjunko | Like Driving Sofa (LP/CD) The Norwegian duo Streifenjunko of Espen Reinertsen (saxophone) and Eivind Lønning (trumpet) have been working together since 2005 and are about to release (11/2) their latest effort, Like Driving.  The album is made up of three full-size tracks, starting with Everything We Touch is Electric. They use their traditional brass instruments to fuse together an abstract electronic atmosphere, quite minimal at the start. What sounds like parsed chamber organ, but fairly robotic, plays on various under/overtones as it morphs into something that resembles a pensive, recycled Nordic folk music, once removed. Its pauses and … Continue reading Like Driving by Streifenjunko

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Shimmer by Gavin Miller

Gavin Miller | Shimmer Sound in Silence (CD/DL) Grecian label Sound in Silence has released the latest post-rock ambient work by British musician Gavin Miller (This Is It Forever) titled Shimmer. And it does. They are considering this set of a half-dozen tracks to be a mini LP, and it’s slowness seems to make you feel as though you are fully immersed for the long haul – it’s really one piece subliminally broken into six parts. It’s centered around the reverb guitar, and sumptuous stringed melodies. The tracks are basically titled Part 1 thru Part 6 and they merge into … Continue reading Shimmer by Gavin Miller

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