Alcest - "Opale" Video

Last year, we shared with you the news that the great French band Alcest, pioneers of the blackgaze (black metal x shoegaze) subgenre, were working on an album with Sigur Rós producer Birgir Jón Birgisson, which would altogether subtract the “black” from that equation. Said Alcest mastermind, Neige, of the songs he was working on: “I don’t think there are any metal music elements anymore, though a lot of very intense parts and dynamics are still there.”

The album that resulted from those sessions, Shelter, is set for release in January 2014, and just as Neige suggested, it is a pure shoegaze record — and shoegaze of the gentlest, lushest, airiest, most ethereal order. I think it’s a fascinating album for a number of reasons (and I hope to write about it at greater length closer to its release date) but more immediately, and more importantly, it is a staggeringly beautiful album. We’ve got Shelter’s first single/video, “Opale,” for you to sample below. It’s as bright and inviting as a green stretch of Austrian hillside in the middle of the day, the beginning of the spring. Check it out.

Shelter is out 1/21 via Prophecy.

Comments (7)
  1. Perfect!!! <3 <3 <3

  2. So fucking perfect <33333

  3. This is perfect <3

  4. nice direction for them, almost sounds like Field Mice in parts.

  5. Not familiar with their previous work, but this video is as visually pleasing as it is beautiful. And the dreamy vocals tie it all together. I was captivated from start to finish.

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