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Toned / Toned
Album:Toned Collection:General
Artist:Toned Added:Nov 2022
Label:Self Release 

Album Review
Reviewed 2022-11-11 
Totally out-of-control electroacoustic experimental / free jazz from Oakland. Snippets of philosophical spoken word poetry over a blend of spiraling saxophone, cacophonous drums, and gyrating noise. Avant-garde. Jumbled and messy but recorded quite cleanly. This is what Wolf Eyes might sound like if they did a coterm and recorded at CCRMA. For fans of unabashedly challenging music.

RIYL: Roscoe Mitchell, Zoh Amba, ESP-Disk, Sick Llama, etc.
FCC: 12
TRY: 8- 9 are the more accessible picks. Go with 3-5 if you’re tryna get gnarly.

(1.) (3:45) Lonely spoken word intro over frantic, chopped up free jazz and bursts of static. Gentle one moment, total chaos the next
(2.) (3:30) Frenzied saxophone loops over bouncy percussion. Anxious and racing
(3.) (4:51) Loud and boisterous intro transitions into spacey free-jazz with tinkly percussion
(4.) (1:49) Sped up jazz samples, bits of noise rock and then a great sax/drum duet for the last minute
(5.) (5:51) Bursts of sax/drums layered with doomsday text-to speech recording. Then ~3 minutes of wailing sax over barren percussion
(6.) (4:15) More spoken word / electroacoustic experimentation
(7.) (6:50) Avant-garde saxophone experimentation with stabs of electric guitar and a bit of megaphone spoken word
(8.) (6:27) Instrumental with really cool watery textures, extraterrestrial percussive elements, sleek electronica, a bit of horns. One of the more accessible tracks for sure
(9.) (2:25) Vocoder vocals, a peppy keyboard beat, just a bit of moody sax
(10.) (3:37) Dense free jazz with squeals of distortion
(11.) (4:31) Smooth ambient bed with climbing saxophone scales and shaky maracas
(12.) (9:45) (FCC) Long outro combining many of the textures, spoken elements, and choppy song structures that precede it

Track Listing
7.Constructive Dilemma
2.Volts Off the Grid 
3.Webs in Decay 
4.New Regimes 
10.Early Exit
5.Giving up the Ghost 
6.Reuptake (Man in a Box) 
12.Blood Lust Perfume