Gas - Narkopop
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2017 Ratings: #243 / 851
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Based on 185 ratings
2017 Ratings: #457
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April 21, 2017 / Release Date
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Kompakt / Label
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Not only is Gas' Narkopop a top candidate for best microhouse album of 2017, it may also be the best drone album and the best classical album — and possibly just the best album you'll hear this year, period.


After 17 years, Wolfgang Voigt returns to his GAS moniker with a new album of unsettling and symphonic ambient music that has become deeper, richer, and more luxurious.

A.V. Club

Voigt’s music can be hypnotic, transporting, and soothing, or it can sound like an orchestra tuning up over a throbbing headache, depending on your own tolerance for such things. But for those who appreciate the palliative pleasures of those kinds of immersive ambient textures, Voigt’s first Gas album in 17 years marks a very welcome return.


Narkopop emerges as a fresh conceptualization of the same tradition, refined into an altered form while retaining the fundamental aesthetic that made Gas so groundbreaking in the first place.


Fully maintaining the trademark Gas sound while adding new dimensions, Narkopop couldn't be a more welcome return.

Crack Magazine
Despite the 20-year absence, GAS’s return is absolutely welcome.
Tiny Mix Tapes

It’s refreshing in an era that loves to mythologize and package our legends to experience something as resistant to shape as GAS. Without making any grand, lofty statements, Narkopop lets its presence become felt nonetheless, mining the same fascinating textures that made the project seemingly eternal (and internal) to begin with.

Resident Advisor

Whatever the differences on Narkopop, the album is remarkably true to the project's past: this is music that takes inspiration from childhood memories, bygone eras and the natural world. The results can feel like another dimension, but the album is also intensely personal.

The Line of Best Fit

At times, Narkopop moves surprisingly fast and the senses struggle to absorb all the nuances of sound. Other moments are more traditional mesmerizing GAS offerings. Either way, it is a complex, beautiful and terrifying experience.

The Needle Drop
17 years after his landmark album Pop, ambient music producer Wolfgang Voigt has finally given us the night to that album's day... and I really wish he didn't.
We call it Voigt-Kampff for short.

There are returns that we don't expect, that worry us, that we don't understand the reason for, that we think we regret; others that we are waiting for, with more or less impatience, that we have fantasized about for a long time. The last decade was marked by these comebacks, all different. Among so many others, we've always hoped for the Avalanches' second album, we didn't dare to believe in a new My Bloody Valentine, we wouldn't have needed a new Pixies, we ... read more
2.5 hours of nothing
A great comeback album from Wolfgang. Narkopop is as vibrant as ever, but now focusing on other aspects of nature. The sounds are colder and more distant than on previous records like pop.
It's a pretty good ambient album, gives me creepy vibes in a great way
Although the heavy existence of a 4/4 beat seemed to go against the free flow of this ambient album, I actually liked the dichotomy it presented, allowing for interesting experimentation of combining differing layers and obvious detectable movement to create a rich, pleasant ambiance. My Score: 135/180 (Solid) = 75/100
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Added on: March 17, 2017