Originally Posted by Tom Yum Goong
I accidentally listened to the new Alcest album.
No trace of Metal left.
And you know what?
I couldn't care less!
One of the most beautiful records I've ever listened to. Might even be the most beautiful.
Can't wait for my limited art book edition to arrive!
I was listening to it in bed yesterday and, even though I love the previous Alcest albums, I was a little bit underwhelmed. It's a very soothing and pleasant album though, with a few gorgeous crescendos. The problem seems to be, that now that Niege stopped incorporating metal in his sound, all he is left with is the shoegaze and there are a lot of shoegaze bands that are better at that genre than Alcest. My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Blueneck, Ride and M83 for instance. He instantly becomes more anonymous by leaving behind the one element that set him apart.
There were some production issues as well. Some heavy compression on lead guitar parts that distorted loudly, breaking the otherwise soft and gentle vibe of the album. Drums sound off to me as well.
Too illustrate my point, Alcest really sounds a bit like a French Ride now.
Edited by Negakinu - 1/10/14 at 11:07am