GAS Announces Return After 17 Years With 'NARKOPOP' : All Songs Considered NARKOPOP, Voight's first GAS album since his landmark POP project, is due out April 21.
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GAS, Wolfgang Voigt's Ambient Alias, Returns After 17 Years

A New Album, 'NARKOPOP,' Is Due Out April 21

The artwork for Wolfgang Voigt's new GAS album, NARKOPOP. Kompakt Records hide caption

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The artwork for Wolfgang Voigt's new GAS album, NARKOPOP.

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It's not hyperbole to suggest that Wolfgang Voigt's album POP, under the pseudonym GAS, is one of the greatest — if not the best — ambient albums of the past 20 years. Released in 2000, POP is a masterpiece of symphonic bliss that set a new standard for beatless electronic music.

On Wednesday, Voigt and his record label Kompakt announced the return of GAS after 17 years. A new album, NARKOPOP, is due out April 21. You can pre-order it here, and listen to a clip of the record below.

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NARKOPOP, Voigt's fifth album under the GAS moniker, will get a deluxe 24-page vinyl release and a hardcover CD album. His previous four GAS recordings — Zauberberg (1997), Königsforst (1998), Oktember (1999) and POP — were re-released in 2016 as a four-disc/10-LP boxset, cheekily titled BOX.

While a new GAS album took nearly 20 years, Voigt himself never went away. The Kompakt co-founder, whose roots still reside in minimal techno, released dozens of singles and a handful of albums in years since POP's release.