Gesaffelstein - Aleph Review aka The Prince of EDM Darkness
It’s about damn time. Teased for months, awaited for years; Gesaffelstein’s debut album, Aleph, is finally upon us and it was worth the wait.
A distinguishing characteristic of the G man is the thought and consideration that goes into his sets: seeing him live, one realizes that every moment has been expertly thought out. The continuity and flow is unparalleled, no sound is overused or underused: it’s seamless and thought provoking in a way that our current spell of dance music can’t even come close to achieving. For Aleph, Gesaffelstein has brought all these qualities into the studio.
01. Gesaffelstein - Out Of Line
We open with the track “Out of Line,” which is a mixture of eerie spoken word and tribal percussion. It sets the tone for what's to come: a cocktail of entrancing beats cut with an element that’s familiar but new. This plays into track two, the bass heavy single “Pursuit” (watch the video here).
03. Gesaffelstein - Nameless
06. Gesaffelstein - Hellifornia
Listen to the third track “Nameless” to better understand why the the flow of this album is so incredible. Immediately after playing his first single to the album (“Pursuit”) we find ourselves listening to a down tempo electronica piece that helps lighten the mood before dropping another track, “Destinations,” which reincorporates spoken poetic word from earlier. Then comes track 5, “Obsession,” which serves up the energy and drive of a banger while building upon everything that’s been laid down in the four previous numbers. But “Obsession” never truly peaks in the way that we have grown accustomed to: while there is a break and a drop, the track reigns in the energy and drops us in track 6, “Hellifornia,” which is a motherfucking gangster beat. That’s right, smack in the middle of the French techno star’s album is a big bass gangsta beat that would be at home in ‘95. It’s just insane.
I could continue to wax poetic about Aleph and its sinoidal shift in mood and style, but words only go so far. Go buy this album right now and listen on repeat. Now.