Monday, 28 October 2019

Alcest - Spiritual Instinct

Monday, time to introduce "Record Of The Week".

"Spiritual Instinct" is the sixth full-length release for the French blackgaze duo of Neige and Winterhalter in ALCEST. Once again these lads have given us a breathtaking piece of music - a gateway to the otherworldly.

"Spiritual Instinct" is an atmospheric journey through light and darkness, exploring to find the Spiritual Instinct. The album was written in bursts both during and after a prolonged period of touring in support of 2016’s hugely successful "Kodama". "Spiritual Instinct" follows the same path as their precursor, a record full of spontaneity and greatness.

The album opens up with the breath-taking pace of "Les Jardin De Minuit", a real beauty with excellent vocals and guitar playing so the saliva starts to drip until it rolls over to the first single and the melancholy piece "Protection". This continues with a slow methodical pounding in "Sapphire" where Winterhalter shows his skills in drumming. The darkens fall over us in the dramatic and epic number "L’Île Des Morts" and the emotional piece "Le Miroir" where all the emotions will bubble in your body. The album closes up with the title tune "Spiritual Instinct" where the lights and darkness finally find it's meaning or does it?

The band has undoubtedly crafted one hell of an album. It's a massive piece that will take a few spins to get a grip on, but one you do, you will discover its hole beauty. "Spiritual Instinct" was released by Nuclear Blast on October 25th, the album was produced by Benoît Roux.

Stéphane “Neige” Paut / Lead vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass
Jean “Winterhalter” Deflandre / Drums, percussion

Sum: The blackgaze pioneers ALCEST have once again created a stunning masterpiece, you need this!

Today's tune "Sapphire" is taken from "Spiritual Instinct", enjoy!

To celebrate their release of "Spiritual Instinct", they made a video "La Lumière Autant Que L'ombre", the making of the album, filmed by William Lacalmontie. William spent a lot of time with Benoît Roux and ALCEST at Drudenhaus Studio in order to capture their moods, as well as glimpses of the long journey that was this recording process. "Protection (Acoustic Instrumental Version)“ is played in the background.

Catch ALCEST on tour with

06.02. F Audincourt - Le Moloco
07.02. F Tourcoing - Le Grand Mix
08.02. F Lyon - Ninkasi Kao
09.02. D Munich - Technikum
10.02. D Cologne - Kantine
11.02. D Hamburg - Gruenspan
12.02. D Leipzig - Täubchenthal
13.02. D Berlin - Heimathafen
14.02. D Hanover - Capitol
15.02. DK Copenhagen – Pumpehuset
16.02. SE Stockholm - Fryshuset Klubben
18.02. FIN Helsinki – Tavastia
19.02. LV Riga - Melnā Piektdiena
20.02. PL Warsaw - Klub Proxima
21.02. PL Krakow - Klub Kwadrat
22.02. A Vienna - Szene
23.02. H Budapest - A38
24.02. RO Cluj-Napoca - Form Space
25.02. RO Bucharest - Quantic Club
26.02. BG Sofia - Mixtape 5
28.02. SLO Ljubljana - Kino Šiška
29.02. I Parma - Campus Industry Music
01.03. CH Lucerne - Schüür
02.03. D Stuttgart - Im Wizemann
03.03. B Brussels - Orangerie @ Botanique
05.03. UK Manchester – Gorilla
06.03. UK Bristol - The Fleece
07.03. F Paris - La Machine du Moulin Rouge

More info @

Official Alcest Web

Listen to ”Alcest - Sapphire" on Spotify!

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