Between 1996 and 2000, the German producer Wolfgang Voigt released four albums of anxious, droning ambient music under the name Gas. But after releasing 2000’s Pop, an album that has taken on cult-classic status among people who pay attention to way-out electronic music, Voigt more or less retired the moniker. Today, though, Voigt has returned with Narkopop, the first new Gas album in 17 years. The album has 10 new tracks, most quite long and all untitled. And more than most ambient music, it’s a dark, nervous musical experience, one that needles rather than soothes. Its connection to dance music is almost entirely gone, too. Everyone I know who cares deeply about avant-garde music is freaking out about this thing, and you can use Spotify to stream the whole thing below.
Narkopop is out now on Kompakt.