Are concept albums making a comeback? We can think of a number of impressive examples seeing release in recent years with Machinedrum’s awesome Vapor City the first to spring to mind and we have similar hopes for Gajek’s new offering on Monkeytown. Probably best known for supplying the visuals that have accompanied the music of long standing Warp affiliate Clark, Gajek has long been making music privately for his inner circle of friends making this one of the most fascinating of debuts.
Entitled ‘Restless Shapes’ this is the first time Gajek’s musical endeavours have been available for public consumption and may have never seen the light of day at all had Clark not handed over some of his material to electronic duo Modeselektor, whose imprint now present Gajek’s first LP.
Compiled of 21 short tracks you’re probably wondering what exactly the concept is behind the work – which we’re promised you can still consume without paying attention to the ”concept” part of it – so here goes: the album has been crafted within a conceptual framework bringing the tracks together under 3 distinct “complexes” or movements—”Curved Engines,” “Restless Water Shapes” and “Moving Glasses”. Each tells their own intricately entwined story; being compared by their author to the self contained miniature worlds within snow globes. Yes, snow globes.
Set for release November 21 you can check out a teaser for the upcoming album below.
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