Biosphere | The Senja Recordings Biophon Records (2xLP/CD/DL) Geir Jenssen is one of those rare artists who sets the modern standard for chill ambient electronic music. This work is an elegy to Knut Fjørtoft (1960-2017), a Norwegian artist who passed away in his prime, and who had created beautiful artwork for past Biosphere recordings. At […]

Janusz Jurga | Hypnowald Opus Elefantum Collective (CD/DL) Though this came out a bit earlier this year, I only received a copy recently, and excited to impart some thoughts on this ghostly work of imagination. From Polish electronic innovator Janusz Jurga comes his latest, Hypnowald. Four tracks are interlinked by a night time chorus of […]

Joseph Branciforte & Theo Bleckmann | LP1 Greyfade (LP/DL) Vocalist Theo Bleckmann and producer Joseph Branciforte bring something new to the vast table of elemental sounds. In four tracks that run over a half hour, at first the duo locks into a fragile microstatic pattern with a wavering rhythm and breathy overtones via 6.15. What […]

SSSS | Walls, Corridors, Baffles Präsens Editionen (LP/DL) Samuel Savenberg is an electronic musician and producer hailing from Switzerland and this is his debut LP with the SSSS moniker. Walls, Corridors, Baffles is an electronic album above all. I am using this umbrella term on purpose. Moreover, it has its portion of abstraction, but its […]

Rafael Anton Irisarri | Solastalgia Room40 (LP/CS/DL) Rafael Anton Irisarri‘s new work Solastalgia couldn’t come at a more crucial time in our environmental history. In fact, it would seem that artists across the world should take a stand, in their own way, to combat any powers that be that would deny the negative impact of […]

Fabio Orsi | Uncharted Waters Zoharum (CD/DL) A single thirty-five minute piece by Italian sound-shaper Fabio Orsi is the prolific composer’s third this year alone (so far). The last record we reviewed was uber bright and this, in comparison, is a bit toned down, with the essence au post-prog rock albeit mid-career Tangerine Dream in […]

Nicholas Maloney | Water Studies Somewherecold Records (CD/DL) Mississippi-based Nicholas Maloney brings his debut solo EP via Somewherecold Records, two Water Studies (Study for Moving Water and Study for Still Water). It’s also limited to only forty-five copies if you dig bespoke handmade and numbered discs. Recorded in Iceland as well as on the Pearl […]

There Is A Flaw In My Iris (12″/DL) KrysaliSound Don’t Worry Mother, Everything Is Going To Be Okay (CD/CS/DL) Shimmering Moods Records Despite the ecological hiccup I was taken aback back this new title, not because of the music, or the stunning visuals, but the title itself. As a gardener this is the second year […]

Empty Chalice | Mother Destruction Toten Schwan Records (CD/DL) Empty Chalice is the dark ambient moniker of Antonine A., hailing from Italy and Mother Destruction is his projects latest installment, an emotionally conceptual sequel of the previous album Emerging Is Submerging.    Color grey. My experience with Mother Destruction is splattered with color grey. A […]

M. Grig | Mount Carmel 12K (CD/DL) American multi-instrumentalist (specializing in steel guitar) Michael Grigoni aka M. Grig has just released his fourth full-length, and first for 12K, Mount Carmel. From the amorphous opening of Call he brings a laidback, almost a hybrid of ambient bluegrass, in sensibility, to the listener. By combining gentle wafting […]

To kick off my first reviews of June, here is a triple set of compilations that have come across the radar at Toneshift.  First is on a new label, Subject To Restrictions Discs.  The “Kampf Der Welten EP” is a sampler of sorts, a mission statement to showcase this fresh imprint that deals with synth-led […]

Sontag Shogun | It Billows Up Youngbloods (LP/CD/DL) This trio of Ian Temple, Jeremy Young and Jesse Perlstein combine field recordings, keyboards, tapes and electronics to create a delicate sound that is as if you are streaming in and out of consciousness. They deploy a deft hand when it comes to ambient textures that toy […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mnemonic45 is an ambient/drone project, hailing from Bitola, North Macedonia. Traveling and music is beautifully merged within the realm of calmness and abstraction. I had an extensive chat with Goce Gligurovski, the man behind the project and a dear friend. Here’s what he had to say, so let our voyage commence! Karl Grümpe/Toneshift: As an […]

©Stephen Spera William Basinski. A name synonymous with atmospheric, transitory, eroded tapeloops. The man behind the mythos of such amazing recordings as The Disintegration Loops, Watermusic, El Camino Real and Nocturnes among so many glacial collaborations, made some time to speak between a European tour and the Moogfest, and I found him in great spirits. […]

Martyria is a rather new dark/ritual ambient duo formed in 2015 and hailing from Greece. They use ritualistic instruments and their chants are based on eschatological texts, these two are the primary elements that define their music. Martyria is a path of studying the origin, nature and destiny of the human psyche. Want to know […]

©B.Ellison   Experimental sound artist Francisco López has been long developing and delivering what he calls sonogenic composition, since 1980. He has an extensive discography and has presented his work in some of the world’s most prestigious institutions and has long maintained indulgences in cerebral minimalism. I’ve been fortunate to have witnessed his live performances […]

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 […]

Marco Scarassatti | Cuatro crónicas acerca de la ciudad y la ancestralidad Buh Records (CS/DL) In these ‘four chronicles about the city and ancestry‘ (Egungun pasea por la “Serra”; Viento; Ritual y Deriva + Las historias sobrepuestas de Valparaiso) Brazilian sound artist Marco Scarassatti presents a collision and/or tipping on its side perspective of employing […]

Lingua Lustra | Red Shift Silent (DL) Opening with the title cut (or Redshift), this half-hour long recording has an undulating and synthetic quality. Red Shift is Lingua Lustra‘s latest ambient evolution and the Dutch wave bender Albert Borkent’s first release of 2019 (he put out four separate releases last year). This is not your […]