Aufgang is the third album from the Giegling sublabel Forum, which has so far released Prince Of Denmark’s The Body and Vril’s Torus. The first full-length from Zum Goldenen Schwarm, an artist with just one past 12-inch on Giegling, is closer in style to The Body, but for long stretches it feels much more pensive. Aufgang captures a specific mood—an introspective and sometimes supernatural gloom—then chews it over across four sides of vinyl.
The album is hampered by ideas that are spread too thinly. It does, however, have a pretty strong spine. “Aufgang I” and “Aufgang II” employ booming drums and hi-hats that hiss like gas canisters. These are grainy, finely-weighted dub techno tracks with just the right amount of dirt and oil on them. “Aufgang III” is a beatless passage that introduces a faint choir and a violin loop, buried deep in the mix.