For principal songwriter and frontman Neige, ALCEST has always been a gateway to the otherworldly, a means of exploring his spirituality. An elemental two-piece, completed by long-serving drummer and creative confidante Winterhalter, their forthcoming sixth album ôSpiritual Instinctô finds Neige at his most personal. ôThis time I had something urgent to put on the table,ö he explains. ôIt is a very cathartic record - something needed to get out of me. ItÆs darker than usual, and heavier.ö Written in bursts both during and after a prolonged period of touring in support of 2016Æs hugely successful ôKodamaô, the sense of urgency Neige speaks of manifests in a record full of spontaneity, of immediate impact û be that in the breath-taking pace of the tempo changes in 'Les Jardin De Minuit'Æ or the sun-kissed harmonies over an impermeable back beat in 'Sapphire', one thing ôSpiritual Instinctô has is riffs, an acknowledgement and celebration of the black metal foundations that anchor their uplifting post-metal. ôSome real metal riffs!ö agrees Neige. ôI come from the metal scene originally and it never really left me; I used black metal as a teen as a way to escape from reality and thatÆs what I love the most about it. ItÆs the best type of music to express overwhelmingly darker feelings. I usually donÆt speak about my darkness in ALCESTÆs music but this time it felt like something I had to do.ö
Cat No: 727361519919
Packaging: LP Regular
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