GAS made one of the best albums of 2017 according to critics, postpones shows
Veteran ambient musician Wolfgang Voigt revived his GAS moniker this year for the project’s first album in 17 years, Narkopop, and he was about to play his first US shows in eight years, including Brooklyn, Philly, and this weekend’s Day For Night festival. Sadly, GAS has had to cancel his trip due to visa issues. Here is his statement:
Official statement on cancelled US Tour
It is with great regret to inform you that GAS will not be able to make the trip to the United States to perform at Day for Night festival as well as the shows in Philadelphia and NYC. We were informed late Thursday afternoon that our approved visas and passports would not be delivered due to »technical problems«. Our team tried everything to reach the responsible US embassy to get any information on our case but unfortunately were left without any further information or support.
After months of hard work from dozens of colleagues, we are devastated by this news. We will hopefully be in the United States in March 2018 as planned and have rescheduled the NYC show for March 20. We are working hard with our partners in Philadelphia to find a new date at Union Transfer. For all the fans traveling to Day for Night Festival, we are incredible sorry we cannot be there and we hope to schedule a performance near you soon.
We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday.
Wolfgang Voigt / GAS
Ground Control Touring & Kompakt Artist Agency
As that statement points out, his NYC show, which would have happened December 19 at Elsewhere, will now happen March 20 at the same venue. You can still get tickets. That’s right before GAS plays Knoxville, TN festival Big Ears.
Meanwhile, Narkopop is the 23rd best-reviewed album of 2017, according to Metacritic. Though, as you may have noticed, that hasn’t really been translating to most year-end lists. He made it on to Uncut’s list but is absent from many others, including Pitchfork, who gave the album 8.8 Best New Music. (He did come in at #5 on Pitchfork’s 20 Best Experimental Albums of 2017 though.)
You can stream the album below: