Since erecting a collection of cryptic billboards across the globe in October of 2018, Gesaffelstein has been gearing up for one in all dance music’s most highly-anticipated releases of the last decade. More than 5 years for the reason that launch of Aleph, his sophomore album, Hyperion, has lastly arrived.
Michel Lévy foreshadowed his forthcoming LP’s stylistic departure late in 2018, with the discharge of its aptly-titled lead single, “Reset.” In the months since, he has reiterated this shift with “Lost in Fire” and “Blast Off,” his collaborations with The Weeknd and Pharrell Williams, respectively.
Bookended by two unusually melodic instrumentals (“Hyperion” and “Humanity Gone”), the album continues to discover Gesaffelstein’s new stylistic leanings. Lévy’s previously-unreleased tracks with HAIM and Electric Youth, “So Bad” and “Forever” align with the aforementioned collaborations. Both are slickly-produced pop hits prone to obtain radio airtime, although the latter takes a delectably menacing flip close to the tip of its seven-minute run.
While the instrumental interludes “Ever Now” and “Memora” bear probably the most stylistic commonalities with Aleph, “Vortex” stands out because the album’s most sinister providing. Built upon harrowing synth-work and broken-beat rhythms, this choice evokes the artist’s famously menacing signature fashion whereas being totally distinct from the remainder of his catalogue.
In 2015, Gesaffelstein made historical past together with his Aleph efficiency at Coachella; together with his return to the pageant simply over a month away, Hyperion suggests he intends to depart one other grandiose impression — one which can be completely different from something he’s carried out up to now in his profession.