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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Harry Pussy | Riding A DovePalilalia Records (LP) “Honesty in musical destruction” Harry Pussy, was a noise (rock) band hailing from Miami, Florida, USA, active from 1992 to 1997. In their ranks were guitarist/vocalist Bill Orcutt, drummer and vocalist Adris Hoyos with occasional support by accordionist Ian Steinberg and guitarists Mark Feehan (who appears on […]

Arovane + Porya Hatami | C.H.R.O.N.O.S. Karlrecords (LP/DL) As this begins there are these curious conditions, as if a life support breathing machine is opposing this gentle bounce of a ping pong ball. The low-range is intense playing over a distant drone. German electronic sound artist Arovane + Iranian field recordist/experimenter Porya Hatami are an […]

Zeno Van Den Broek | BreachMoving Furniture Records (LP/CD/DL) The resonance of Zeno Van Den Broek’s work has grown exponentially in the past few years. His multiple releases on different prestigious labels such as The Tapeworm and Moving Furniture has proven him to be not only prolific but also to ensure an outstanding quality standard […]

The Brussels-based duo present their new LP on the KrysaliSound label, and it’s a perfect home for their fusion of guitar drones, field recordings and hushed vocals.  Since 2011 Tropic of Coldness have pursued a blissed-out take on harmonic ambience that folds ethereal elements into their compositions.  There are rarely any sharp edges on their […]

An On Bast | Nothing Shapes Everything Marcus Fischer + Burke Jam | Vanitas øjeRum | on the swollen lips of the horizon Sonmi451 | Nachtmuziek Sven Laux + Daniela Orvin | The Writings Ambient is nothing new and its true roots are likely a bit of a mystery, cast in the shadows between a […]

Luca Forcucci | B(l)(e)(e)(n)dingsLFO Records (LP/DL) “Wonderful electro-traditional experimental music” An album that sounds like an electronic locomotive at its beginning, I must write about it. Luca Forcucci’s B(l)(e)(e)(n)dings is the outcome of the collaborative work between Swiss researcher, composer and artist Forcucci, Cara Stacey – a pianist, ethnomusicologist and player of several South African […]

Hotel Neon | Vanishing Forms Archives (LP/CD/DL) In their follow-up to last year’s Means of Knowing (also on Spanish imprint Archives), is the Philly trio Hotel Neon (Michael Tasselmyer, Andrew Tasselmyer, and Steven Kemner) with their latest effort, Vanishing Forms. Eight new tracks comprise the record that opens with the meditative space-time-continuum of The Time […]

Régis Renouard Larivière | Contrée Recollection/Editions Mego (LP/DL) A former teacher of electro-acoustic music at CFMI in Poitiers (1990-99) this is only Régis Renouard Larivière‘s second full-length recording, and his previous, Futaie/Tchernoziom garnered him the Ars Electronica Prize in 1996 and was released in 2000. The album, full of quizzical musique concrète abstractions, is dedicated […]

Ellicist | Point Defects Morr Music (LP/DL) Springs have sprung on the opener, Hennepin, and the duo Ellicist (Thomas Chousos & Florian Zimmer) is off to an eventful start on their latest Point Defects. Their murky, quirky sound combines elements of abstraction, noise, electronics and synthetic nature. There’s is a swampy universe where engines don’t […]

Asuna & Jan Jelinek | Signals BulletinFaitiche (LP/DL) When I first heard about this collaborative project between these two artists, I was slightly surprised.  Japanese musician Asuna is known mainly for his organ drones that he manages by taping down keys and creating layers of chords, producing thick waves of warm sound.  He has also been […]

?Alos & Xabier Iriondo | Coscienza di sé Sangue Disken/Cheap Satanism Records (LP/DL) On their latest EP, Coscienza di sé, Italian guitarist Xabier Iriondo (Afterhours) and singer/musician ?Alos (Stefania Pedretti of OvO) take Emma Goldman‘s feminist text/lyrics and run the necessary miles. This is a follow-up to a 7″ released way back in 2011, and it’s […]

Anni Hogan | Lost in Blue Cold Spring (LP/CD/DL) Seminal yet brand-new. Since the mid 80’s producer/musician Anni Hogan has been one of those collaborative musicians often subsumed into others’ work, but here on Lost in Blue, her first solo album since 2011 (and only her third overall) she is at the center of each […]

Vargkvint | Hav Piano and Coffee Records (LP/DL) Vargkvint is Stockholm-based vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Sofia Nystrand (with co-production duties and more from Jakob Lindhagen) and other musicians. I believe this is her sophomore effort after releasing Brus on French imprint Soft Recordings in 2017. Hav is a refreshing re-engineering of the use of vocals within a mostly […]

Sutekh Hexen | S/T Sentient Ruin Laboratories + Cyclic Law (2xCS/2xLP/DL) “Hermetic infrastructure of introvert brutality”                                            A locomotive from hell, smearing by-passers with absolute static filth and wonderful monolithic exaggeration! People, this is Sutekh Hexen hailing from USA, one of the most profound projects in the contemporary extreme scene; deconstructing black metal since 2012 […]

Grup Ses w/Ethnique Punch | Deli Divan Souk Records (LP/DL) TURKISH DELITES: There are twenty-eight short tracks in this collab between Turkish Grup Ses and Berlin-based Ethnique Punch. This falls somewhere between hi-hop, spoken word ala Laibach and a big meta ‘aha’ play on sampling/tape effects: snap, crackle, pop + a whole lot more. They […]

Recent Arts | Skin Non Standard Productions (LP/DL) Skin is the latest effort, audiovisual concert of video projections and experimental electronic music, from Recent Arts which is the duo of Chilean visual artist Valentina Berthelon and German musician Tobias Freund — here featuring Barbie Williams on vocals. It’s a steamy setting that slithers slowly on […]

This month, as Spring starts to slowly set, and my garden can use a re-tilling to kickstart the season, these half dozen recordings remind me of an aura of renewal, and they each bring with them of stirring of challenging the senses. These diverse takes on contemporary composition, et al, come from several foreign places […]

Fabio Orsi | Il Vento Disperderà la SchiumaBoring Machines (LP/DL) There’s a delicate, lightness of touch to the drones that shape this new release from Fabio Orsi.  The Italian composer, who moved to Berlin many years ago, has decided to return to his native Puglia, and this new record reflects that relocation.  Perhaps the move […]