mpala garoo | Vaya AdelanteShimmering Mood Records (CD/DL) Dark aural movements comprise Vaya Adelante by mpala garoo. Compliments a la Shimmering Moods Records, the trio delivers an album whose titular meaning is drawn from a letter of William S. Burroughs to Ginsberg.  Apparently, the beats were facing the identity crashing effects of mortality and Ayahuasca. […]

Costis Drygianakis | The ApproachHxoi Kato Apo to Spiti (CD/DL) I read the accompanying text simultaneously to listening through The Approach by Costis Drygianakis.  I can’t recommend experiencing this contemporary orchestra any other way.  Created from January 2018 through January 2019, now presented in a limited pressing of 300 copies. The two-track (each over a […]

Chantal Dumas | Oscillations planétairesempreints DIGITALes (CD/DL) Out of Montreal’s electroacoustic/acousmatic spearhead in sound art, empeintes DIGITALes, comes Chantal Dumas’ debut, Oscillations planétaires [Planetary Oscillations].  With a press kit that reads like a science textbook, the album explores some of Earth’s more intimate phenomena.  Some of these oscillations are familiar: quakes and geysers. Other naturally occurring […]

Laurisilva by Laura Agnusdei and Mare di Dirac’s Ophite Diagram were both recently released.  This pair of Italo acoustic-electronic releases offer strategic sound art which incorporates wind instruments, mixed with electronic processing.  Agnusdei collaborates with several contributing artists who play traditional instruments.  Mare di Dirac employs the use of handmade instruments.  While the theme of […]

Funeral Souvenir | La Noche del AnhídridoVerlag System (LP/DL) This re-issue of an original 1987 six track quintessential Spanish industrial noise tape is further fueled with a peppering of other re-issues.  Totaling ten tracks, the additional tracks are taken from compilation releases from 2009-2011. With cover art re-contextualizing Ed Clark’s original photo of Graham W. Jackson […]

A duo of November releases show the strong and distinct presence by two interesting women who bring something new to the international experimental music circuit.  The contributions herein addressed a diverse range from white-noise to trance-ambient and favor longer form tracks. Their spectrum runs from linear to repetitious in noteworthy serenity; electronic and highly processed […]

Void Hands | Split Shapes & Divisive ModelsFractal Meat Cuts (CS/DL) Rhythmic oscillations and electro-click generate the ‘unforeseen order’ that Richard Knight (with Jürgen Ehrmann) concoct via Void Hands’ Split Shapes & Divisive Models.  Ironic as the artist namesake is, the handling of audio mixers is nob-crankingly lacking of vacuity.  The sour no-input calculations drip […]

Erik Levander | InåtForwind (CD/DL) Swede Erik Levender presents Inåt (translation: Inwards).  Listeners have about thirty seconds to self-reflect before being pummeled with a devastating drop.  The synth-tones like wire; meshed together to form uneasy quakes.  High-pitched frequencies counter-weight luridly grim moments of de facto doom.  The cover art (Katharina Ira Allenberg) suggests a stoney self-examination; the […]

DC33.33 | Ibis Color Milletpan y rosas (DL) As if the eurotrack fidgeting in the improved audio isn’t enough, this reviewer is thoroughly confounded by the express association Dave Gabriel (DC33.33) shares with Imelda Marcos.  If this is some kind of quack at the food poisoning fiasco of Marcos’ 90th birthday celebration in the Philippines […]

Just as the temperatures begin to cool some, the ears begin to warm to what’s coming next. Four phenomenal experimental electronic albums from around the globe all release on Friday October 25th, 2019, oh – that’s today!   Giulio Aldinucci | No Eye Has an Equal99 Chants (CS/DL) No Eye Has an Equal by Giolio […]

TRIPLE BILL: Included here are three September 2019 releases, all by female artists. All truly interesting, to say the least. But, then, there are different levels of ‘interesting’ and how the listener may interpret it. Floating Spectrum is actually Taiwan-born, Berlin based, Mei-Fang Liau, and A Point Between (Temporary Residence) is her debut album. Liau’s […]

Toneshift on Mixcloud presents a special edition of its history-defining and defying sub-series Origins: Sonic Women. And there are some fourteen exquisite nuggets to contemplate here. When designing a weekly podcast for our readers to listen to, I felt it necessary to offer some context and background, however diverse, as possible. I dug into the […]

Telefon Tel Aviv | Dreams Are Not EnoughGhostly International (DL/LP/CD) ‘Defiantly spaced-out post-wave…’  ‘Gravelly loops/samples.’  ‘Hydra; downtempo aesthetic.’  ‘Velvety and ghastly vox…’ etc. are some of my notes in reflection from listening to Dreams Are Not Enough.  Even prior to the full-length release, the leader single track a younger version of myself has 22K+ streams […]

Based out of Chicago this is one library that I’m now a card-carrying member, and so you should consider. Now, this is not really a library in the traditional sense, and no card is necessary, but what you can check out, even if limited in stock as of yet (they’ve only been dba since ’14), […]

NEW PODCAST: To our programming we are adding a weekly half-hour Mixcloud podcast! The primary focus of these short programs will be teasers for what you may expect in the pages of Toneshift.net So sit back + enjoy + let us know if you like the format as feedback is always highly encouraged. The entire […]

Topdown Dialectic | Vol. 2Peak Oil (LP/DL) Eight tracks, each running for 5:27, simply numbered by side of this plain black wax. This is the follow-up to Topdown Dialectic‘s sold-out self-titled debut (2018) – both from LA-based Peak Oil. There are no pert descriptions of what the listener will engage themselves with here, it blurs […]

Brandon Auger | When Sails FoldMystery & Wonder Records (CDR/DL) This short record of sine wave oscillators and field recordings is something fresh from Halifax-based Brandon Auger on Mystery & Wonder Records. If you love minimalistic performative approaches, this is for your ears. It’s a dose of spatial and spacey considerations in short sonic nuggets. […]

Michael Donnelly | Why So Mute, Fond Lover?Front & Follow (CD/CS/DL) The opening passage sort of lurks restlessly. This is the new release from Michael Donnelly on Manchester’s innovative Front & Follow. Within Motions Are Man there are seemingly sections to this five minute track that follow only Donnelly’s unscripted rules. The listener will appreciate […]

Rắn Cạp Đuôi | Degradation Flaming Pines (EP/DL) On June 26, 2019, the now trio Rắn Cạp Đuôi (Phạm Thế Vũ, Đỗ Tấn Sĩ, and Zach Sch) released Degradation. The latest of a discography spanning seven years, the collective has come a long way from both their 2012 maiden solo release, and their 2014 first proper […]

Michael Bentley | Archai The Foundry (CD/DL) The guiding light behind The Foundry, which was quite busy putting out a spectral range of quality recordings in the late 90s and early 00s, has returned. Michael Bentley‘s Archai, from the label runner himself is the imprint’s first since 2006 and is miles from leaving this re-emerging […]

The Nest | 1977 motmot-tapes (CS/DL) Recorded at Zwingli church, Berlin in September 2016 this is The Nest‘s fourth full-length since 2012. The quartet is comprised of Christoph Clöser (saxophone, synthesizer), Tycho Schottelius (turntable, synthesizer, mix), Thomas Mahmoud (field beats, effects & vocals) and Gerald Mandl (bass, effects). 1977 runs for about 28 minutes over […]

Vromb | Noize Mélodia Ant-Zen (CD/DL) On his 10th solo record French Canadian electronic artist Vromb (aka Hugo Girard), delivers his sixth full-length with German imprint Ant-Zen. Here we have a dozen new compositions (compartmentalized to nine on the digital version), made with modular equipment, without presets or adjustments. The atmosphere is intense from the […]

The gilded gates depicted on this record’s cover may/may not be an open invitation. Either side you’re on, the new 2xLP (plus CD/DL) by Swiss-born/London-based composer Christopher Chaplin is in fact, Paradise Lost (Fabrique Records, Vienna). Out June 15, it’s condensed to three tracks (9 to 19 minutes each) starting with the curious I Dread. […]