Premiere: Hear a Haunting Cut From Benedikt Frey’s Debut Album
The German producer returns to ESP Institute with his debut LP, 'Artificial.'
The album, which was produced over the course of two years, follows a string of standout EPs for labels such as Live At Robert Johnson, Crème Organization, and Hivern Discs, and like much of his output—and ESP Institute’s, for that matter—it’s a borderless fusion of mind-bending sonics. Although the 11 tracks don’t adhere to one formula or style, the album’s narrative unfolds as a coherent-yet-complex whole, dragging the listener through haunting atmospheres and stirring electronics that touch on post-punk, techno, trip-hop, and new wave, all the while sounding like a genre of its own.
Ahead of the release—you can pre-order it here—Frey and ESP Institute have offered up a full stream of “Private Crimes,” available to stream via the player below.