Parisian shoegaze/post-rock/black metal hybrids Alcest have announced a US and Mexico fall tour in support of their 2014 critically-lauded album, Shelter. The tour will begin on September 19 in Mexico City and will conclude on October 17 in Philadelphia. Marriages‘ frontwoman Emma Ruth Rundle, who released her solo album Some Heavy Ocean last year, will be accompanying the band on all dates. Those dates can be found below.
Alcest’s next chapter in their foray into dreamy shoegaze, Shelter, will arrive on January 21st. If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy yet, do so now at this location. While you do that you can stream the new album in full over at Pitchfork. It’s absolutely bright and gorgeous. It’s melancholic at times and upbeat at others. Could it be one of the band’s best? That’s up to you to decide. Head over to Pitchfork to check it out.
Noisey have premiered a new track from Alcest from their forthcoming album Shelter, which is due out on January 21st via Prophecy Productions. The track in question is the ten minute long, ludicrously beautiful “Délivrance”. You can stream the track after the break and have your breath taken away.
Alcest is a beautiful band that I have been in love with for some time now. The band was one of the first post-black metal bands that I got into and they remained one of the genres forerunners for quite some time. That is, until now. It seems the band has chipped away layers of itself and what we are left with is beautifully crafted dream pop.
If you have listened to and love Anne, you will totally be into this. I’m digging the path that Alcest has chosen to walk. It’s dreamy. Check out the bands new video for “Opale” after the jump. Continue reading →
British progressive rock outfit Anathema have announced a new Fall North American tour that will commence in early September. The band will be co-headlining the tour with France’s Alcest and will see further support from Mamiffer. The full touring schedule can be viewed below.
I did a lot of posting aboutOld Silver Key, a post-whatever supergroup featuring members of Drudkh and Neige from Alcest and now there is some more news on the bands current status. If you remember, I recently posted about Andy Marshall’s departure from Falloch and I was left wondering what Andy would be doing now. I was sure he had good reason, and now I learn that he has joined Old Silver Key as a second vocalist.
This is pretty cool news because Andy has a great voice and I think his will sit very nicely next to Neige’s on the bands current and future material. The band issued the following statement.
“We are pleased to inform that Andy Marshall (ex-Falloch) has joined Old Silver Key as second vocalist and composer. The band will start working on the new album within a few weeks.”
Thehappymask are a band that I feel like I’ve posted about before, but I’m not sure. Well in case I didn’t post about them, Thehappymask is a Russian one-man post-black metal/shoegaze/blackgaze band that has released one of the most amazing-sounding shoegaze records I’ve heard in a while. It’s melodic, ambient and absolutely extraordinary. C, the mastermind behind Thehappymask has listed Alcest, Lantlos and An Autumn For Crippled Children as influences and I can hear all of these bands in Thehappymask’s overall sound. Check out Thehappymask’s best songs of 2011 compilation below and download it for free. Get it!
You all should know by now that Bari and I both have massive hard-ons for anything Neige touches, right? Of course, Bari is a lady, so she doesn’t literally get a hard-on. I don’t think I can legally say anything more on the subject actually. I am closing in on a sexual harassment suit as I type, so let’s get back to the video. Neige is an amazing musician and everything he touches is gold. Alcest is my favorite of his projects and I’m (im)patiently waiting for the release of their new album Les Voyages De L’Âme which will be released on January 6th via Season Of Mist.
Until then however, Alcest has given me great joy in the release of a video for the song “Autre Temps” and a new digital release of the single. I’m am more than a little excited about this and I know Bari is as well. Check out the video below. It’s beautiful. Enjoy.
Old Silver Key, you know the band consisting of Neige (Alcest) and members of Drudkh released their debut album Tales Of Wanderings back in September and have since released their first music video for the song “Burnt Letters.” I love this video, the animation accents the music perfectly. I don’t think any other kind of video would suit Old Silver Key and their unique sound. Check out the video below and be sure to pick up Tales Of Wanderings which is available now via Seasons Of Mist.