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Narkopop 14:26
Narkopop 29:44
Narkopop 33:50
Narkopop 43:34
Narkopop 56:03
Narkopop 64:43
Narkopop 78:40
Narkopop 86:07
Narkopop 97:02
Narkopop 1017:09
Narkopop 1116:17
Narkopop 14:26
Narkopop 29:44
Narkopop 33:50
Narkopop 43:34
Narkopop 56:03
Narkopop 64:43
Narkopop 78:40
Narkopop 86:07
Narkopop 97:02
Narkopop 1017:09

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HawaiiBlue's avatar
HawaiiBlue
Edited one year ago
I really like the heaviness of Untitled 10, the other tracks are ok. The Vinyl Pressing is beautiful too.
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ole.grung
After his monumental “Gas Box” release last year, Wolfgang Voigt to my surprise chose to revitalise his GAS moniker. Those of you familiar with the name will remember its place as one of electronic music’s pioneers. Suitable for both dancefloors and baroque living rooms, GAS is providing a warm, dark atmosphere where you are able to shut all your troubles away. His recurring theme of slow, pulsating, living ambience is one of my most vivid memories of the time when I first discovered electronic music.

Further sculpting the sound from his “Pop” release, this album starts out as a gentle whisper of dark feelings. But already on the second track(They don’t have names) the slow, heartbeat-like pulse is present. Slowly evolving, introducing elements of strings, flute, and that synth sound which Wolfgang is famous for. As the second track is ending, I can hear traces of the “Koenigsforst” with it’s horn-like sound alternating between two notes.

“Narcopop 3” is more ambient related than the rest of the tracks, starting out with drones and synth. Gone is the beat, replaced by a shimmering glow that I havent really heard in any other GAS releases. This continues until the fifth instalment on the album.

“Nacopop 5” starts off with heavy beats which sounds like a pump or train is starting. Son enough they are accompanied by a variant on the theme from the first track. Overtones of bright light illuminates the piece after a while, lifting it above the overall dark and somnious theme.

The sixth track on the album introduces piano to the mix. A calm melody is heard, while the waves of drone are providing a background that reminds me of space noise. Number 7 is using my favourite GAS feature; a warm drone mix which is being pummeled quiet by beats. It feels like my heart is punding, and I am running in thin air. With every heartbeat, the sound is muffeled, but each time it returns with increasing strenght. I am happy that he chose to make this songs so long, and I can enjoy the sensation for over 9 minutes.

“Narcopop 8” is similar in sound as the longest “Koenigsfurst” track, like a never-ending run in the forest, with noone else around. While the appearance increases, the sound turns darker. About halfway through, another sound of vibrating keys are added. The theme changes slowly, returning to the first movement, before fading away near the end.

The ninth installment is similar to the previous, but returns slightly to the palette on the first track. An unnerving, pulsating symphony. When the last track starts, we are once again reminded of the darkness that this project stems from. A deep, low pulse accompanied by equally dark vibrating synth keys. It’s his longest piece yet, spanning the entirety of the last side. There is a recurring piece of what seems like an obo-like instrument playing. It adds to the hypnotic state that I’m finding myself in when I am listening to this track. In my humble opinion, this is his finest hour.
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Fals
A quality album that will gain appreciation as the years go by and the filler music sinks into oblivion.
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apotos
Got a replacement copy through Amazon. Both had issues, but combining the best elements between the two copies I now have a perfect vinyl/book set. The aforementioned issues included visible dimples on the vinyl which caused pops, and the art book coming unglued. Definitely buy from a place with a good return policy.

It took me a while to get into this album digitally due to the mixing - you really needed to crank it to get that bass the keeps the album moving. The pressing is lush and brings out a lot that low-end depth to tracks like Narkopop 2. It was a pleasant surprise to find the vinyl mix flows seamlessly between tracks on each side like the continuous mix available digitally. This is an immersive experience. The bonus track is a satisfying epilogue.
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Candy_Guru
At some points "Narkopop" lacks some of the fluidity in production, as compared to the prevoius 4 installments of the series. The blend loses its homogeneity here and there, but even with that "flaw" taken into account, "Narkopop" deserves full 5 stars.
That actually says a lot about the perfection of "Nah und Fern" box set, so make sure you check that one out, if you haven't already.
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vanez.art
Edited 4 years ago
won't say I enjoyed it. then again I didn't buy it and (GAS warriors please don't cut my ears) haven't listened to every minute of it, the constant dreary atmosphere is just a little too much for me although I'm a fan of all previous GAS albums, tracks and remixes. as absurd as it sounds coming from a regular listener of Eno's Neroli and the like, I can't find any interesting progression here, it's just the same thing going over and over again. part of me thinks that Wolfgang's got a little lazy on that one. first and last tracks are good, rest are meh. probably me getting older and denser or something (see? gas cannot be absorbed by a thicker container/substance... ta-duuh geek humor!). as with all deep albums it's a good practice to revisit it a couple of years later, who knows maybe I'll be young and unbiased sometime again
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Nostradamus7
Less impressive than the earlier gas releases. Ten words now.
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Aes_thesis
Edited 4 years ago
So the art book fell off within 3 minutes of opening this. Is this supposed to happen or what?

Edit: distro says the art book falling off is a problem with many copies of this release, seems like Kompakt dropped the ball on this one. My copy was also missing the C/D vinyl, which is just crazy bad honestly... Anyway, getting a replacement copy. Hope I get lucky this time.

Edit 2: replacement copy is solid, guess I got unlucky the first time
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chju
A legend in the industry Wolfgang Voigt aka Mike Ink aka Gas aka ... finally returns to the LSD drenched forests of his nineties ambient/dub/techno excursions. The scale of the music seems even greater this time around with the forest as deep as ever and the expert workmanship reaches modern classical feel at times. Makes this listener dream of the possibility of Gas joining forces with a symphonic orchestra for a rework album. Might be one for Deutsche Grammophon.
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taint
I was told by KOMPAKT that no 24-bit files were made available for sale. Is someone able to verify this?