• Alcest ‎– Souvenirs D’Un Autre Monde

    Alcest ‎– Souvenirs D’Un Autre Monde
    Label: Prophecy Productions ‎– PRO 090LPX, Prophecy Productions ‎– PRO090LPX
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Repress, 10th Anniversary Edition
    Country: Germany
    Released: 2017
    Style: Black Metal, Shoegaze

    Released in 2007, Alcest’s debut album, «Souvenirs d’un autre monde», marks the starting point of the band’s extraordinary career.

    With the release of «Souvenirs d’un autre monde», Alcest mastermind Neige forged a luminous new sound that floats on the fringes of metal, yet incorporates emotions of euphoria, bliss and nostalgia. The singer and multi-instrumentalist dedicated the album to his childhood memories of experiences in a spiritual otherworld; personal themes that would become conceptual cornerstones of subsequent Alcest albums.

    «Souvenirs…» became known as one of the fundamental releases of the Blackgaze / Post-Black Metal genre, a record that continually influences countless other bands in its wake, and was selected by Pitchfork as one of its «50 Best Shoegaze Albums of All Time».

    Anniversary LP edition:
    – 180g vinyl (black)
    – Gatefold cover featuring original LP cover artwork (Not used since the first pressings!)
    – Din A2 poster with original LP cover artwork
    – protection sleeve

    Tracklist:
    1. Printemps Emeraude
    2. Souvenirs D’Un Autre Monde
    3. Les Iris
    4. Ciel Errant
    5. Sur L’Autre Rive Je T’Attendrai
    6. Tir Nan Og 

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  • Alcest ‎– Écailles De Lune

    Alcest ‎– Écailles De Lune

    Label: Prophecy Productions ‎– PRO 106 LP
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition
    Country: Germany
    Released: Mar 2010
    Style: Shoegaze, Black Metal

    The second album by the pioneers of post-black metal

    LP (black vinyl) incl. protection sleeve and poster

    Three years after their genre-defining record “Souvenirs D’un Autre Monde”, Alcest return to the sound of black metal on their sophomore “Écailles De Lune”, but without forgetting any of their trademarks: calm passages, massive slabs of guitars, catchy melodies, and hook-lines going straight to the heart. “This time I was especially inspired by the seaside, the energy and the exaltation you can feel when you sit in front of the sea at night,” Neige tries to describe the album’s atmosphere. “It appears terribly fascinating, full of secrets and scary at the same time.”

    Memories live within us all. We dream of our loved ones, of our experiences, and we even dream of dreams and other worlds. When Neige, the mastermind behind ALCEST, is dreaming his dream, the end result is so much more than fitful sleep. He lets us partake of his “Souvenirs d’un autre monde”, of the innocence of childhood, a personal Elysium – and this Elysium is radiant, emerald green, luscious, and all the fresher the deeper you immerse yourself in it.
    “Écailles de Lune” is different, though, as ALCEST are moulding ambivalences on this album. “This story isn’t really a metaphor of death, as it would seem to be. For me, it is about a man who decides to leave one world for another one, literally. Like a passage to another reality, another state of existence,” Neige says about the album concept. “This time I was especially inspired by the seaside, the energy and the exaltation you can feel when you sit in front of the sea at night. It appears terribly fascinating, full of secrets and scary at the same time.”
    Stylistically, Neige reverts to the sound of Black Metal that once shaped him: a picture of heart-rending, otherworldly screams, collages filled with passion and sadness, and the characteristic clean vocals. These mellow and ageless voices manage to weave a shroud of sorrow around the album. “Écailles de Lune” is like a dream, a manifesto of transience and human inferiority. For all the changes, Neige has kept all of his trademarks: calm passages, massive slabs of guitars, catchy melodies, and hook-lines going straight to the heart – all this once more delivers a convincing articulation of ALCEST’s unique style.
    Close your eyes and dream along. This time, melancholy shall propel and unite us. We immerse ourselves once more in fairyland. This time, it doesn’t seem fresh but fallow. Its pallor and its shadows are unfathomable, and it reveals itself to us through our senses. It is always there when we quest for it.

    Buy: http://gh-records.com/shoegazer/1909-alcest-ecailles-de-lune.html