Alcest Prep Non-Metal Album
French blackgaze band Alcest are one of extreme metal’s most successful crossover bands, although they’ve moved further from metal over time (hence, presumably, their success in crossing over). According to the man behind the band, Neige, their next album — the follow-up to this year’s Les Voyages De L’Âme — will go even further still. “I don’t think there are any metal music elements anymore, though a lot of very intense parts and dynamics are still there,” said Neige in a statement. “Things are just done in another way, and the core remains the same.” According to Neige, most of the songwriting is complete and demos have been recorded. The album will be recorded next March at Sigur Ros’s Sundlaugin Studio, with that band’s producer, Birgir Jón Birgisson. Said Neige, “[The] album will come back to the nostalgic side of Alcest; it’s very dreamy, aquatic, and a bit less progressive than the last two albums.” My favorite Alcest album is their debut, 2007’s Souvenirs D’un Autre Monde (i.e., the album that preceded the last two), so this is pretty exciting news. Let’s listen to a song from that album while we’re waiting for more info on the new one, shall we?