Meet my latest obsession: Alcest, the work of French black metal multi-instrumentalist Stephane Pout (also known as Neige). I know what you’re thinking. French? Don’t you despise the French and their thick sauces, exquisite cheeses, and disco records. Black Metal? Are you hanging out with your old D&D crew from Valley Forge High School again? It’s cool dudes, just stick with me on this one. Alcest is about as black metal as Catherine Wheel or My Bloody Valentine, and like those bands of English yore, Alcest has a sweet spot for epic, cascading waves of feedback charged guitar.

MP3:Alcest – Souvenirs D’un Autre Monde
Alcest – Souvenirs D’un Autre Monde [youtube]

Souvenirs D’un Autre Monde is out now on Profound Lore Records.

Alcest Myspace
Profound Lore Reccords

Further Listening:
“Printemps Emerause” track review on PTW
Interview and mp3 on P4K