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 […]

My Cat Is An Alien | Spiritual Noise__Vol.1 Antigravitational Records (LP+BK/DL) The return of prolific brother duo My Cat Is An Alien (Maurizio and Roberto Opalio), with two lengthy tracks making up their Spiritual Noise__Vol.1. Starting with Spiritual Apocalypse these outsiders bring the mysterious sound of effects and machines to new squeaky, howling silences. This […]

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 […]

Signalstoerung | UU Hymen Records (DL) The new concept album UU by Signalstoerung (part of the Adventurous Music collective) is his second full length after his debut in 2018. The breathes in synthesis over a classical piano until met with an asymmetrical beat structure on UUH. Though warm in its delivery the production is like […]

Spacement | Traces self-released (DL) The latest from Spacement (aka Jeff Brown) is in two parts (Traces 1 + Traces 2). A moderate industrial drone opens the recording and it sounds somewhat like a muffled jet engine at 20,000 feet. The cover art looks like a split level topography of a microchip, or silicon valley […]

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 […]

Simulation | Death’s Head Speaks Hausu Mountain (CS/DL) The electronic Chicago-based duo of Laura Callier and Whitney Johnson are Simulation and their latest, Death’s Head Speaks, is now making the rounds. The six-track recording runs for a bout a half-hour. Their sound is fresh and dramatic, voices, effects, beats – all woven with a electro-punk […]

Coppice | Head Turning Songs futurevessel (DL) A year ago to the month I reviewed Coppice‘s Green Flame which was quite and exciting record. Noé Cuéllar & Joseph Kramer are back with their latest, Head Turning Songs, and I hope for that exact result. We open with a minimal setting on Dense Day Cooling, a […]

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 […]

Nathan Moody & HHNOI | Future Rituals Modularfield (CS/DL) An exciting tape split has just surfaced by California sound artist/designer Nathan Moody (whose recent Heliopause we loved) and German ambient sound-shaper HHNOI (Marco Petracca) for which this serves as an introduction to his work. Moody’s work covers side one, a bubbly soft minimal synth faces-off […]

may HD | Sonho Dobrado Pan y Rosas Discos (DL) This sounds live, bloated with frisky, rickety turntablism and microkorg. This is my intro to Brazilian artist may HD‘s (Andrea May) sound and it comes with peaks and valleys, the good kind. At times the din of echo intrudes, but also somehow gives it its […]

Maryam Sirvan | Songs of an Empty Room Past Inside the Present (CD/DL) Warbling dark emissions set the tone on the opening piece, Departure by composer/sound artist Maryam Sirvan. Songs of an Empty Room is her sophomore effort after last year’s debut, Untamed Terror (The Committeee For Sonic Research). As a rather newer artist to […]

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 […]

Jordan Reyes | Close American Dreams Records (LP/DL) This is Close by Chicago-based musician and label-runner for American Dreams + American Damage, Jordan Reyes. Out on June 14th in a regular vinyl edition as well as a limited version (signed/numbered) that comes with a crazy colorful print by cover artist JJ Cromer of Virginia. The […]

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 […]

Jim Haynes | Inconclusive Audio. Visuals. Atmosphere. (CS/DL) From Californian artist and curator Jim Haynes (The Helen Scarsdale Agency) comes the latest, Inconclusive. Consisting of five pieces, this is a work of gradations, starting with blotched. The immediacy of its industrial premise is unknown, which easily leads you into this noise collage blindfolded. It’s my […]

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 […]

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 […]

©Tim Saccenti Kelly Moran is a Brooklyn-based composer and multi-instrumentalist, whose prepared piano works have found a wider audience since her signing to Warp Records. Her background includes playing in punk and rock bands, but it has been her nuanced piano recordings that have been making waves in the experimental music world since her early […]

©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 […]

Maps and Diagrams | Azurescens False Industries + Handstitched* (CD/CS/DL) Tim Diagram (Tim Martin) and Yair Etziony collaborate on a release appearing on their own imprints (limited + numbered); Handstitched* and False Industries – the latest from Maps and Diagrams is Azurescens.  Once you dip your ears into this chilly production of hair-raising synths and strange […]