Heavy The Eclipse by Clouds

Clouds | Heavy The EclipseElectric Deluxe (3xLP/DL) The Electric Deluxe label, run by Speedy J, has been on fire lately.  It released one of my favourite techno records of 2018, the slow-burning assault by JK Flesh.  This grinding, idiosyncratic take on dance floor music is evident on this new album by Scottish duo Clouds, who return to the label. Heavy The Eclipse is a collection that spans a wide range of styles, incorporating breakbeats, jungle riffs, abstracted techno and a healthy amount of sample mangling.  It’s a really manic approach, and the variety pays of on the album format.  Maximal … Continue reading Heavy The Eclipse by Clouds

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Reverberations 1 by Pauline Oliveros

Pauline Oliveros | Reverberations 1 Important Records (LP) It is always hard to speak the right words when it comes to talk about classics. The work of Pauline Oliveros has been seminal for the experience of every composer, listener or simple aficionado who put their interest in electroacoustic music. Being part of that new group of American composers she considerably steered away from the fashion that was common in Europe at that time, in Paris and Darmstadt, she led a way towards a music for the senses, the development of a new perceptual consciousness through the concept of Deep Listening. … Continue reading Reverberations 1 by Pauline Oliveros

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Liminal Garden by Dolphin Midwives

Dolphin Midwives | Liminal Garden Beacon Sound (LP) The new record from singer/harpist Dolphin Midwives (Sage Fisher) arrives on Portland’s imprint Beacon Sound this Friday. Liminal Garden straddles psychedelic etherealism like the futuristic leftfield side of Björk yet untapped. The record is infused with Asian stringed melodies and electronic effect abstractions – all deeply steeped in sweet (dare I say) effeminate rhythm and the unexpected. After all its premise is so topical as the artist explains: “This album is about change, about finding beauty and acceptance in the fractured, broken and vulnerable places. It’s about integration, of all of my … Continue reading Liminal Garden by Dolphin Midwives

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Sterminato Piano by Fabio Orsi

Fabio Orsi | Sterminato Piano Backwards (LP) Italian imprint Backwards is just releasing the latest from Berlin-based Fabio Orsi in a limited vinyl edition on bright orange wax. This is noteable, not just because of the Miami vibes coming off of the sumptious cover art, but moreso due to the unusual change in overall tonal values for the artist usually cloaked and shrouded in otherwise atmospheric obscured gray layers. Here he showcases an entire 360°. In just two tracks, each under 20 minutes, the artist I’ve known from previous efforts like Osci (2006, SmallVoices) or Stand Before Me, Oh My … Continue reading Sterminato Piano by Fabio Orsi

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A Trio of New Works for Piano: Orvin, Otte & Schmidt

3 REVIEWS/3 RECORDS: It demonstrates the versatility of both contemporary composition and the instrument in question, to arrive in the New Year with three very different, modern piano works up for review.  Although operating in different fields, and with different scopes and intentions, these three albums have been reviewed together, so as to showcase their relative strengths and diversity. Daniela Orvin | HomeSeasides on Postcards (CD/DL) First, is Daniela Orvin’s Home, a synth-washed, future-retro affair that owes no small debt to Vangelis’s score for Blade Runner.  It is a pleasant album that is minimal in nature without ever courting minimalism, … Continue reading A Trio of New Works for Piano: Orvin, Otte & Schmidt

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Toneshift Top Three (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 Top Three (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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