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Release date: 17 January 2014
Style: Shoegaze

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Disc I
01. Wings
02. Opale
03. La Nuit Marche Avec Moi
04. Voix Sereines
05. L'Eveil Des Muses
06. Shelter
07. Away [feat. Neil Halstead]
08. Délivrance

Disc II [deluxe edition, box & hardcover book bonus]
01. Into The Waves [feat. Billie Lindahl]

Disc III [Complete Shelter -box bonus DVD]
+ Opale [video]


Line-up
Jean "Winterhalter" Deflandre - drums
Stéphane "Neige" Paut - all instruments, vocals

Guest musicians
Billie Lindahl - vocals
Neil Halstead - vocals
María Huld Markan - violin
Hildur Ársælsdóttir - violin
Edda Rún Ólafsdóttir - viola
Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir - cello


Additional info
Mastered by Joe Laporta.
Mixed and produced by Birgir Jón Birgisson.

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Alex Fenger - 16.07.2013 at 16:14  
Rating: 3 I sure bet Marcel is excited
BoxCar Willy - 16.07.2013 at 18:06  
  I sure bet I'm not.
Lit. - 17.07.2013 at 08:29  
  I sure bet this'll blow.
rdhelli@gmail.com - 17.07.2013 at 15:38  
  Good to know!
tea[m]ster - 18.07.2013 at 18:37  
Rating: 8
Written by Lit. on 17.07.2013 at 08:29

I sure bet this'll blow.

Why?
Marcel Hubregtse - 18.07.2013 at 19:07  
 
Written by tea[m]ster on 18.07.2013 at 18:37

Written by Lit. on 17.07.2013 at 08:29

I sure bet this'll blow.

Why?



because Alcest has been getting progressively worse and the last couple also blew
Uldreth - 18.07.2013 at 21:01  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 18.07.2013 at 19:07




because Alcest has been getting progressively worse and the last couple also blew

Sadly this definitely has been a tendency, even though I liked their last.

I think Neige said this will be more influenced by actual non-metal shoegaze than previous albums, and I like shoegaze a lot so I'll still be curious about this one.
Lit. - 18.07.2013 at 21:03  
  I was gonna say all of Alcest blows, but that works too.
SyntheticBreed - 18.09.2013 at 06:37  
Rating: 8 You're all insane. Alcest is getting better and better. Their two new songs they've played live at the past few U.S. shows are brilliant.
Divergenceless - 28.09.2013 at 05:25  
Rating: 6
Written by SyntheticBreed on 18.09.2013 at 06:37

You're all insane. Alcest is getting better and better. Their two new songs they've played live at the past few U.S. shows are brilliant.


I'm more of a moderate. Ecailles was my favourite Alcest release, along with Le Secret. Their newest album wasn't as shitty as people said; in fact, I thoroughly liked their sound on that album and I appreciated the lighter approach. Alcest is certainly divisive, though.
SyntheticBreed - 28.09.2013 at 06:00  
Rating: 8 Agreed.
Masonics - 28.09.2013 at 10:44  
 
Written by Divergenceless on 28.09.2013 at 05:25

Written by SyntheticBreed on 18.09.2013 at 06:37

You're all insane. Alcest is getting better and better. Their two new songs they've played live at the past few U.S. shows are brilliant.


I'm more of a moderate. Ecailles was my favourite Alcest release, along with Le Secret. Their newest album wasn't as shitty as people said; in fact, I thoroughly liked their sound on that album and I appreciated the lighter approach. Alcest is certainly divisive, though.



+2 although every band has that effect with people, some more than others.

Didn't neige say this record will have less metal elements though? even if that is so I'm eager to here what sort of acoustics or shoegaze elements are present in this one.
Divergenceless - 28.09.2013 at 15:03  
Rating: 6
Written by Masonics on 28.09.2013 at 10:44

Written by Divergenceless on 28.09.2013 at 05:25

Written by SyntheticBreed on 18.09.2013 at 06:37

You're all insane. Alcest is getting better and better. Their two new songs they've played live at the past few U.S. shows are brilliant.


I'm more of a moderate. Ecailles was my favourite Alcest release, along with Le Secret. Their newest album wasn't as shitty as people said; in fact, I thoroughly liked their sound on that album and I appreciated the lighter approach. Alcest is certainly divisive, though.



+2 although every band has that effect with people, some more than others.

Didn't neige say this record will have less metal elements though? even if that is so I'm eager to here what sort of acoustics or shoegaze elements are present in this one.


Neige has indeed said something along those lines. If you honestly expect metallic aspects to Alcest at this point, you deserve to be disappointed.
Masonics - 29.09.2013 at 13:49  
 
Written by Divergenceless on 28.09.2013 at 15:03

Written by Masonics on 28.09.2013 at 10:44

Written by Divergenceless on 28.09.2013 at 05:25

Written by SyntheticBreed on 18.09.2013 at 06:37

You're all insane. Alcest is getting better and better. Their two new songs they've played live at the past few U.S. shows are brilliant.


I'm more of a moderate. Ecailles was my favourite Alcest release, along with Le Secret. Their newest album wasn't as shitty as people said; in fact, I thoroughly liked their sound on that album and I appreciated the lighter approach. Alcest is certainly divisive, though.



+2 although every band has that effect with people, some more than others.

Didn't neige say this record will have less metal elements though? even if that is so I'm eager to here what sort of acoustics or shoegaze elements are present in this one.


Neige has indeed said something along those lines. If you honestly expect metallic aspects to Alcest at this point, you deserve to be disappointed.





Could be interesting still, along with the new les discrets also apprently not being a metal record it will be interesting if these two new directions can be pulled off!
Uldreth - 29.09.2013 at 13:56  
 
Written by Masonics on 29.09.2013 at 13:49




Could be interesting still, along with the new les discrets also apprently not being a metal record it will be interesting if these two new directions can be pulled off!

Les Discrets never really was metal imo.

I think it deserves to be on metal sites for its relevance to the blackgaze movement and such but there was always zero bm elements to their music pretty much.

They are a shoegaze/post-rock band.
Monolithic - 08.01.2014 at 09:59  
Rating: 5 It's been leaked.

Not sure if it's disappointing or not. I do like post-rock but by Alcest's standards (even on the earlier albums) I'm kinda confused.
God Alone - 08.01.2014 at 16:43  
Rating: 4 I only liked Voix Sereines - and I don't even find it great.
The rest is vapid and terribly clichéd. Sorry but... No.
460498333 - 08.01.2014 at 17:28  
Rating: 9 Great Album!
Rodney - 09.01.2014 at 03:50  
Rating: 8 Definitely a change of pace for Alcest. No metal to be found here. Lands pretty much firmly in post-rock territory. That being said it may not be the most original album out there, but there's some gorgeous stuff going on here. Very very enjoyable album for me.
tea[m]ster - 10.01.2014 at 00:06  
Rating: 8
Written by Rodney on 09.01.2014 at 03:50

Lands pretty much firmly in post-rock territory.


You mean shoegaze. This is about as shoegaze as you get. I like it as well though.
Rodney - 10.01.2014 at 03:46  
Rating: 8
Written by tea[m]ster on 10.01.2014 at 00:06

Written by Rodney on 09.01.2014 at 03:50

Lands pretty much firmly in post-rock territory.


You mean shoegaze. This is about as shoegaze as you get. I like it as well though.

It felt more post-rockish to me, I didn't really get that "hazy" feeling from this like I normally do with shoegaze related stuff, definitely some but not a lot. That said though I really have little experience with shoegaze and I'm not too clear on the definition, so you're probably right. As long as we're both enjoying it though that's what counts in my book
Unhealer - 10.01.2014 at 05:53  
Rating: 6 I really have a hard time understanding what people call post-rock and shoegaze, they share a lot of common features. Seems to me quite useless to have these both terms as I don't see any inconvenience in choosing just one term for either shoegaze or post-rock bands. Just like Djent, I get they have a distinctive sound and there was this "group" of new bands that shared it, but I'll still feel just fine calling them prog or tech prog.
Troy Killjoy - 10.01.2014 at 06:08  
Rating: 4 The difference between My Bloody Valentine and Godspeed You! Black Emperor should be enough to convince you that shoegaze and post-rock aren't exactly interchangeable.
Unhealer - 10.01.2014 at 06:45  
Rating: 6 That's cheating, Troy (?). I didn't listen a single note by My Bloody Valentine (I'm doing that just now), but GY!BE is on another level. I wouldn't take it as THE perfect example for any genre on it's own.

EDIT: I listened to the referents of both genres and I see post-rock is usually instrumental and more lengthy. They also lack the usual song structures unlike shoegaze, at least the songs I heard. I guess there is an advantage on the distinction (there are others more useless after all), but I still hear a lot of common ground harmonically.
Dentura - 10.01.2014 at 07:18  
Rating: 8 I'm looking forward to hearing this one. Even though the metal elements have pretty much been stripped based on the samples I've heard, I don't really care since I liked the samples that they put out so far anyway.
Uldreth - 10.01.2014 at 22:01  
 
Written by Unhealer on 10.01.2014 at 05:53

I really have a hard time understanding what people call post-rock and shoegaze, they share a lot of common features. Seems to me quite useless to have these both terms as I don't see any inconvenience in choosing just one term for either shoegaze or post-rock bands. Just like Djent, I get they have a distinctive sound and there was this "group" of new bands that shared it, but I'll still feel just fine calling them prog or tech prog.

Shoegaze is generally distinguished by using massive amount of distortion and layers. It is a noisy genre, just not in an unpleasant way. But they use common structures and tend to have vocals. Which are often fuzzy and buried themselves but they are there.

Post-rock tends to use clean guitars and have this slowly evolving crescendo-based structure, also not all but most of the genre is instrumental.

These blackgaze bands and likes tend to get called both because they tend to employ the crescendo/texture based structure of post-rock but the guitar effects and the (clean) vocals are sheogazey.
Unhealer - 10.01.2014 at 22:11  
Rating: 6
Written by Uldreth on 10.01.2014 at 22:01

These blackgaze bands and likes tend to get called both because they tend to employ the crescendo/texture based structure of post-rock but the guitar effects and the (clean) vocals are sheogazey.


This makes a lot of sense, this is probably what confused me.
tea[m]ster - 12.01.2014 at 04:26  
Rating: 8
Written by Uldreth on 10.01.2014 at 22:01

Shoegaze is generally distinguished by using massive amount of distortion and layers. It is a noisy genre, just not in an unpleasant way. But they use common structures and tend to have vocals. Which are often fuzzy and buried themselves but they are there.

Post-rock tends to use clean guitars and have this slowly evolving crescendo-based structure, also not all but most of the genre is instrumental.

These blackgaze bands and likes tend to get called both because they tend to employ the crescendo/texture based structure of post-rock but the guitar effects and the (clean) vocals are sheogazey.


You my friend just won the internet. Excellent description.
Divergenceless - 12.01.2014 at 05:11  
Rating: 6 As a fan of all Alcest's prior work, I must admit that Shelter was merely adequate. It's nice and soothing to listen to, but very by-the-book and even lacks the few interesting qualities of the album before it.
Red_Travis - 14.01.2014 at 02:47  
Rating: 10 Http://pitchfork.com/advance/312-shelter/
Bad English - 14.01.2014 at 23:12  
  Just tryd, I wish it was more metal into it
Fritillaria - 15.01.2014 at 00:07  
  Remove Alcest from MetalStrom
Mr. Doctor - 15.01.2014 at 00:18  
  Welp... That was empty. :\
Unhealer - 15.01.2014 at 00:44  
Rating: 6 I hope that just because they released this album, their setlist on live shows won't consist on clean-vocal-only songs like Opeth did for a while. I have yet to see these guys live and that would be a good reason to leave things like that.
Góral - 15.01.2014 at 23:09  
Rating: 7 After repeated hearing I'm really starting to appreciate this album.
Rulatore - 16.01.2014 at 00:26  
Rating: 4 Pretty boring
Dark Forever - 17.01.2014 at 03:35  
Rating: 8 Hard to grasp at first, but quite enjoyable after a few spins. Voix Sereines, Shelter and Délivrance are absolutely great. I can't quite enjoy the track Opale though, the weakest spot in the album for me.
ManiacBlasphemer - 17.01.2014 at 16:23  
Rating: 6 No black metal here, just shoegaze... Opale is their worst track, but as a whole it is acceptable, a rather safe-played album but nonetheless, good. But not something worth praising.
kaspair - 17.01.2014 at 18:42  
  Any harsh vocals somewhere?
Dark Forever - 17.01.2014 at 20:52  
Rating: 8
Written by kaspair on 17.01.2014 at 18:42

Any harsh vocals somewhere?


Not at all. There's not a single Metal element in this album.
kaspair - 17.01.2014 at 21:09  
  :'(
God Alone - 18.01.2014 at 02:44  
Rating: 4
Written by kaspair on 17.01.2014 at 21:09

:'(


Well... you shouldn't avoid an album or have some prejudice towards it just because it can't be labelled as metal.
...On the other hand, I really can't recommend this album in particular to anyone, as I find it extremely bland and by the numbers.
Reaper_Redeamer - 18.01.2014 at 20:34  
Rating: 6 The first average Alcest's album....
I enjoyed only "L'Eveil Des Muses".
Alondate - 19.01.2014 at 01:02  
Rating: 7 A lot of people dont like this album just because it is not labelled as metal and the other ones say it is bad after listening just a few songs. I think it is very enjoyable and not hard to grasp. You should give a chance, a "real" chance
Troy Killjoy - 19.01.2014 at 01:37  
Rating: 4
Written by Alondate on 19.01.2014 at 01:02
You should give a chance, a "real" chance

Some people did that and regretted it immediately.
Divergenceless - 19.01.2014 at 02:43  
Rating: 6
Written by Alondate on 19.01.2014 at 01:02

A lot of people dont like this album just because it is not labelled as metal and the other ones say it is bad after listening just a few songs. I think it is very enjoyable and not hard to grasp. You should give a chance, a "real" chance

Nope. That's just an objectively wrong statement.

My problem is that it doesn't incorporate any of the interesting bits found in Voyages de l'ame, which used about the same formula. While that album's little variety still managed to fascinate me and while there were a few strong songs on the album's first half, this album lacks any strong songs whatsoever.
Dethking26 - 19.01.2014 at 10:08  
  Overall, I'd say the album is pretty mediocre. It still has that nice ethereal sound to it, but there are very few moments that really grab you. Voix Sereines is a damn good track though.
Alondate - 20.01.2014 at 01:04  
Rating: 7
Written by Troy Killjoy on 19.01.2014 at 01:37

Written by Alondate on 19.01.2014 at 01:02
You should give a chance, a "real" chance

Some people did that and regretted it immediately.


It can be but tastes are different of course

Aside from everything, voix sereines is a great song
460498333 - 21.01.2014 at 07:30  
Rating: 9 Great!
INÆRIS - 22.01.2014 at 08:27  
  This album has resonance with me. I love every song. I enjoy and respect everyone's opinions, but for me this one's a winner.

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