N (46) / [BOLT]

N (46) / [BOLT]Midira Records (LP/DL)   Eschewing an album title, and having songs titled only by length, the already unadorned entity that is N (46) / [BOLT] return with a third full length that abandons much of the more ambient amblings of their previous work.  Comprised of 4 long-form tracks, the album walks a fairly respectable, if well-trodden path, through the sort of doomy, post-metal drone popularised by Sunn O))) and their ilk. It takes some getting used to the fact that their is no drummer – the whole affair is contingent upon the type of heavily distorted guitar … Continue reading N (46) / [BOLT]

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A Conscious Effort by Attilio Novellino

Attilio Novellino | A Conscious Effort Midira Records (LP/DL) Attilio Novellino is a sound artist from Italy who returns with a full length solo album after a whole six years. We can’t say he has been totally silent in this time span, his numerous collaboration works show quite intense activity and a certain attitude to generate a network around him, that is also reflected in the way A Conscious Effort is built. Despite it being entirely conceived and composed by the Calabrian artist, the album features the presence of many other musicians who lend their skills and instruments to shape … Continue reading A Conscious Effort by Attilio Novellino

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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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Unconquered 2008-2018 by thisquietarmy

thisquietarmy | Unconquered 2008-2018 Midira Records (2xCD/DL) Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Canadian experimental guitarist/electronic musician Eric Quach aka thisquietarmy brings back Unconquered 2008-2018 with an additional disc of forty-five minutes of unreleased material. This is a big re-release for the artist’s o.g. debut as following in it’s trail in the coming month/s is Conquerer, a companion 480pp tour book/flexi disc. Starting off with Immobilization we are immersed into a flocking, whirring drone with calming textures and atmosphere for days on end. What sounds like a storm brewing generates a floating melody that appears and fades in the phases of complex … Continue reading Unconquered 2008-2018 by thisquietarmy

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Selv I Drømme Lyser Den Første Sne by øjeRum

Danish a/v collage artist øjeRum‘s new LP/DL (Midira Records) is Selv I Drømme Lyser Den Første Sne (due out June 15). With two nearly twenty minute-long pieces, one per side, both are title tracks, the b-side including Strings by Aaron Martin. The record comes in an edition of only 100 and that is pressed to trans-violet vinyl. This has a gorgeous ambient space and feel, winding and slow synths hatch and cross pollinate. The title translates to “even in dreams the first snow glows” – and the cerebral soundwork emulates this dramatically. It’s a spotlit colorfield of delicate weathered washes, … Continue reading Selv I Drømme Lyser Den Første Sne by øjeRum

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