10 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gesaffelstein came to fame with a darkly glamorous spin on techno: the suave international man of mystery to Daft Punk’s chrome disco-bots. Six years after the French producer brought EBM to Kanye’s “Black Skinhead,” he returns with an even broader sound than the one he displayed on his 2013 debut album, Aleph. No stranger to pop royalty, he corrals The Weeknd for “Lost in the Fire,” a velvety expanse of darkwave R&B, and he recruits Pharrell for “Blast Off,” a throwback electro-funk epic that’s just begging for soundtrack placement. Even HAIM turns up, on “So Bad,” bringing a ray of California sunshine to Gesaffelstein’s cavernous, claustrophobic sound. What might impress the most is the purism of his strictly electronic fugues: “Hyperion” is pure flickering analog dread, “Reset” offers a gothic twist on trip-hop, and “Humanity Gone” closes the album with nearly 11 minutes of funereal dirge, channeling ’70s synth prog through the austerity of 21st-century minimalism at its most stylish.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gesaffelstein came to fame with a darkly glamorous spin on techno: the suave international man of mystery to Daft Punk’s chrome disco-bots. Six years after the French producer brought EBM to Kanye’s “Black Skinhead,” he returns with an even broader sound than the one he displayed on his 2013 debut album, Aleph. No stranger to pop royalty, he corrals The Weeknd for “Lost in the Fire,” a velvety expanse of darkwave R&B, and he recruits Pharrell for “Blast Off,” a throwback electro-funk epic that’s just begging for soundtrack placement. Even HAIM turns up, on “So Bad,” bringing a ray of California sunshine to Gesaffelstein’s cavernous, claustrophobic sound. What might impress the most is the purism of his strictly electronic fugues: “Hyperion” is pure flickering analog dread, “Reset” offers a gothic twist on trip-hop, and “Humanity Gone” closes the album with nearly 11 minutes of funereal dirge, channeling ’70s synth prog through the austerity of 21st-century minimalism at its most stylish.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

danaventura69 ,

He has risen

Praise the French

Kevin Scott Anderson ,

Im digging it!

Gesafflestein is pretty sick. I like the style that he’s goes for which is smooth and relaxing as well as chill and spooky vibes. He’s got something going for him with his own unique style in my honest opinion. The last song Humanity Gone will leave you in a trance of melodic synths and beautiful coordination throughout his almost 11 min finisher. Great song that will make you ask yourself what the heck is happening halfway through. However; all I heard was only good surprising aspects, changes, and transitions for the song as a whole. The album is mixed with half of the songs being vocals and half being instrumental. All in all this album with definitely turn heads for the average electronic listener, but maybe not for the generalized community that’s out there. 5 stars for the electronic enthusiasts and audiophiles out there... 4-4.5 stars for the average listener. Very good, solid album. If I was having a really bad day the lowest score I could possibly give is 4/5. Job well done sir.

lherman22 ,

Disappointment

His earlier work is ten times better. Most of this is pop/hip-hop infused and unimaginative crap. Last few songs sound decent.

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