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“Alcest – that is music from another world, a world that is real, but that exists beyond ours and cannot be grasped by our senses. A world where all appearances – trees, glades, streams – emit a pearly light and where a faraway and celestial music fills the air like sweet perfume. A world inhabited by infinitely benevolent and protective beings of light, communicating in a wordless ‘language’ directly from one soul to another. A world where the soul knows neither pain nor sickness nor sorrow, but is filled with a deep peace and an ineffable bliss. A world that lies ‘before’ and ‘after,’ ‘beside’ and ‘behind’ our world and the awareness of which stills mankind’s fears of death.” – alcest-music.com
Alcest is a French musical project (formerly a black metal band) founded in 2000 and led by Neige (Stéphane Paut), which soon became a trio. However in 2001, Aegnor and Argoth left the band, leaving Neige as the sole member. In 2009 Winterhalter joined the band as drummer. In 2012 they released their third album called “Les voyages de l’âme” (“The Journeys of the Soul”).
To me, Alcest’s music is blissful yet melancholic with calming vocals and distorted sounds. It’s filled with warm colors, mixed emotions, feelings of nostalgia and absentia. Mesmerizing lyrics, that tell beautiful stories and make me want to learn French.
Have a listen for yourself.