Neige是法国黑金属界最具才华的乐手之一,曾是Mortifera和Celestia的成员,目前还在Peste Noire中担任吉他,Alcest则是Neige的个人乐队.Alcest在01年发行过一张Demo"Tristesse Hivernale",05年发行的EP"Le Secret"是在黑金属风格基础上掺杂了很多独特的音乐元素,有着法国人独有的唯美气质,被誉为浪漫黑金.
07年发行的首张专辑"Souvenirs D'un Autre Monde" 选择在德国以出品高质量的Folk\Noise\Dark Ambient厂牌Prophecy Productions下发行.比起05年那张颇受好评的EP,新专辑则彻底转向唯美迷幻的Shoegaze风格.大段优美旋律以原音吉他点缀,弱化失真音色,清爽的清音拨弦,多种多样的乐器以及生动的采样配上Neige的清澈细腻嗓音,给人一种仿佛在梦幻中和童话般的感觉.
Alcest is the one-man-project of the French multi-instrumentalist Neige, native of Avignon (France). As devoted black metal fan he founded Alcest around 1999 and a first demo contained traditional black metal. After that the music evolved towards a more esoteric, atmospheric direction. The EP 'Le Secret' and the split CD with Angmar were witnesses of this development. Now Alcest is picked up by the label with a fine taste for eccentric, yet engrossing musical projects (Prophecy Productions) for no less than five albums.
'Souvenirs D'un Autre Monde' is the first one and it offers six compositions to the listener - all about six or seven minutes long - on which you can fall in reveries and dream. Guitars with lots of reverb and distortion (think on Katatonia, or even more on Agalloch) pass into acoustic guitar interludes. Vocals are dreamy and nostalgic. The lyrics are in French, but if you do not pay special attention to it, it is not that obvious. I know this sound kind of strange, but let us say that the sound of the voice is more important than words. Neige seems to be a pretty exceptional person: a hermit who prefers to be alone most of the time and only wanders through the city at night to be inspired by those blackened impressions. This music includes much transparency; it is an ode to the purity of nature in a very refined way.
It is ethereal music from another world, just as the title suggests. Finally it gets a bit difficult to keep focused, because the songs are pretty similar to each other, but when you are in the mood, this wall of guitars with lyric leads all over and cosy acoustic guitars will give you a sea of tranquillity and contemplation in this hectic life. And we all need moments like that.
01. Printemps Emeraude
02. Souvenirs D'un Autre Monde
03. Les Iris
04. Ciel Errant
05. Sur L'autre Rive Je T'attendrai
06. Tir Nan Og