Review: Alcest — Shelter



When critics compared the delicate parts of French erstwhile-black-metal band Alcest to English ’90s group Slowdive, main man Neige checked out the shoegazer pioneers and fell hard for their hazy sound. He even recruited Slowdive vocalist Neil Halstead to sing on Alcest’s fourth album, Shelter. The gauzy guitars, gliding violins, and reflective melodies are well-crafted , but unlike past Alcest albums, the gentle tones aren’t balanced by torrents of distorted guitar, growling vocals, or rapid-fire drumming. Only “Voix Sereines” features buzzing riffage, and even that is devoid of any urgency. With Shelter, Alcest have abandoned bracing storm bursts, leaving a too monotonous calm. JON WIEDERHORN

Check out “Voix Sereines” off Shelter.

  • Ben

    Voix Sereines is the worst song on the album – it goes from nothing to nowhere. This is a largely new direction for Alcest and very deliberately so. I for one am not all that displeased with the result!

    • SixDays

      this is just like sunbather from deafhaven so yeah it’s all good old farts won’t like it lol but this is the sound of the future……..