Gas - Rausch
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2018 Ratings: #126 / 794
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Based on 121 ratings
2018 Ratings: #362
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May 18, 2018 / Release Date
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Like the forest depicted on the cover, Rausch is something to get lost in, a long stroll free of the noise of modernity where the little details can draw near and take your breath away with their simple beauty.

Pretty Much Amazing

Rausch suggests more than ever how far left the Gas sound can drift while maintaining its essential mood and aesthetic, and perhaps this new era of Gas holds riskier gambits to come.

The Line of Best Fit

In a larger sense, Rausch is nothing too new, but even with that stamp of predictability, Voigt is able to maneuver the tracks on Rausch in a compelling way.


While Rausch initially doesn't feel like quite as much of a momentous occasion as Narkopop did when it first arrived, it certainly isn't any less beautiful, and holds up to repeated listens as well as anything else in the project's essential discography.


Highs and lows aside, Rausch is a marvel, and one of the most engrossing listens in 2018 so far.

Tiny Mix Tapes

This isn’t new; it sounds familiar, a deeper foray into Narkopop’s haunting rhythms. but Rausch removes itself further from the arboreal muses of Narkopop or, at least, subverts them.


Rausch, though hardly topical, feels current, as jarring and revealing as last night’s nightmare.

Resident Advisor

Like last year's Narkopop, Rausch is a different kind of Gas record from the classic albums, and one that seeks out a different relationship with the listener. It's imposing and dense, and even its prettiest moments have a sinister tint. And yet it has the eerie, enveloping stillness of Gas's best music.

A.V. Club

Rausch picks up right where Narkopop left off. The new effort—pointedly intended to be listened to in a single sitting—finds a pulse early on that almost never ceases, with Voigt filtering in guitar plucks that hit like wind chimes.

Spectrum Culture
This is a massive revision to GAS’s erstwhile style and thematic grace, as well as a troubling reminder that the world is starting to run out of places where one can escape.

Compared to Wolfgang Voigt's heyday, Rausch can feel a bit a like a protracted misstep. Although GAS's sound starts to sound a bit dated, Voigt can still be applauded for his approach to storytelling and patience in constructing his electro-orchestral worlds.

GAS being GAS...
I have a question: how do you rate among all the GAS projects? Personally I use Pop as a reference point but generally when it comes to rating a GAS album I don't know what I'm doing...
GAS doesn't make music for people who aren't patient, let's start with that. People were shocked to see Wolfgang coming out with an album only a year after he returned with "Narkopop". But to be honest, I have a whole lot more to say about "Rausch". This album isn't the waiting game that his last album was, even though that wasn't a bad thing. But this album is so much more monolithic, with so much more Drone influence and some seriously noisy parts. The two longest ... read more
it's no secret that i'm not particularly fond of most ambient, but despite all that, i found rausch pretty enjoyable, the main reason being that it doesn't feel like there's absolutely nothing going on. there's a clear (albeit very simple) rhythm to it and a nice set of soothing sounds to back it up. each track blends together very well, having perfect transitions between all of them (hence the continuous mix thrown in at the end, since that's how it's meant to be heard.) it definitely did test ... read more
big boi, always making
I am not really into ambient music like this but i would heavily recommend this if you want some music to make you sleepy, since it is really minimalistic and does not have much going on.
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Track List

  1. Rausch 1
  2. Rausch 2
  3. Rausch 3
  4. Rausch 4
  5. Rausch 5
  6. Rausch 6
  7. Rausch 7
  8. Rausch
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Added on: March 19, 2018