April 2, 2008

Alcest - Souvenirs D'un Autre Monde

Artist: Alcest
Album: Souvenirs D'un Autre Monde
Year: 2007
Genre:Metal,Post - Rock,Shoegaze,Indie

After making a small stir in the Black Metal underground with their 2005 mini-CD, Le Secret, Alcest have left their origins in that scene far behind them. Their music manages to evoke a spring-like atmosphere full of beauty, intense joy and light, but also filled with yearning and nostalgia. It brings to mind memories of the innocence and bliss of a childhood long past as well as impressions of a fantastic fairyland of perfect harmony. With his application of Slowdive and Yann Tiersen to Burzum, multi-instrumentalist Neige has created a musical concept for himself that is nothing less than revolutionary – and the actual realization of this concept on Souvenirs D’un Autre Monde has made for a peerless landmark. No other title would have done justice to this debut album, as Alcest’s songs really are souvenirs from another world.


"His progress towards the airy, hallucinogenic sounds of Souvenirs D’Un Autre Monde, then, follows more or less the same path as Justin Broadrick’s Jesu; his album has the same wet, shimmering atmosphere, the same juxtaposition of beauty and volume. And yet, you’d never mistake Souvenirs D’Un Autre Monde for Conqueror. Alcest’s album is lacquered over, in places, with a disturbing too-prettiness... it’s another world indeed, and a beautiful one." - POP MATTERS

"Alcest was already cult before Neige released a first official album, but now that I listened to Souvenirs D'un Autre Monde I can tell you that this status is all but not an usurpation." - METALSTORM

"his long-awaited full-length debut completely abandons the chilly darkness for the warmth of the summer sun, eschewing screams for gentle singing, bleak lyrics for romantic poetry and metal for darkwave and shoegaze, resulting in a drop-dead gorgeous piece of work." - DECIBEL


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