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Narkopop

Kom­pakt ★★★ It’s clear that Wolf­gang Voigt has cer­tainly not run out of GAS. It is 17 years since the Kom­pakt em­pire co-founder went into a stu­dio to last work un­der this moniker, but Narkopop shows that Voigt has lost none of his vigour in the in­terim. He is also as en­tranced and fix­ated by the forests around his na­tive Cologne as he ever was, forces of na­ture which gave him a place to es­cape to and dream things up. While he’s re­leased a slew of other re­leases and al­bums since Pop, this new cargo of deep, com­pul­sive and sym­phonic songs in­di­cate that Voigt’s work when it comes to am­bi­ent sound­scapes is still of the high­est qual­ity. As al­ways, the pat­terns and tones cre­ate at­mos­pheres which are med­i­ta­tive and oc­ca­sion­ally men­ac­ing, sug­gest­ing that there’s al­ways a dark side to con­tem­plate even in the most rap­tur­ous of mo­ments. kom­pakt.fm

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