Friday, March 5, 2010
Écailles de Lune is the confirmed title for the follow-up to one of the 00s best albums, Souvenirs d'un autre monde , from French post-rock band Alcest. Alcest originally started out as a black metal band, so when they branched into shoegaze and post-rock, it was one of the most perfect transitions ever. Their music is like a wonderful rockier French Sigur Rós, and this is definitely one of my most anticipated records.
The title means Scales of Moon in translation, and should be more metal influenced than his full-length debut. Neige had this to say about the album's concept: "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.”
It also promises to be much bleaker than the first album: "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."
The album is due in the US on April 20th, and he'll play a North American Tour to support it.
01 Écailles De Lune (part I)
02 Écailles De Lune (part II)
03 Percées De Lumière
05 Solar Song
06 Sur L'Océan Couleur De Fer
Stream Alcest - 'Écailles de Lune (Part I)':