For principal songwriter and frontman Neige, ALCEST has always been a gateway to the otherworldly, a means of exploring his spirituality. An elemental two-piece, completed by long-serving drummer and creative confidante Winterhalter, their forthcoming sixth album »Spiritual Instinct« finds Neige at his most personal.
Written in bursts both during and after a prolonged period of touring in support of 2016’s hugely successful »Kodama«, the sense of urgency Neige speaks of manifests in a record full of spontaneity, of immediate impact – be that in the breath-taking pace of 'Les Jardin De Minuit'’s tempo changes, or 'Sapphire'’s sun-kissed harmonies over an impermeable back beat, one thing »Spiritual Instinct« has is riffs, an acknowledgement and celebration of the black metal foundations that anchor their uplifting post-metal.
»Spiritual Instinct« was recorded with producer Benoît Roux at France’s Drudenhaus studios, the same studio used for »Kodama«, between January and May of 2019. Ironically, the most immediate record in their catalogue born of the lengthiest, most arduous recording process.
Come January 2020 the band will embark on an extensive touring period in support of the record, the deluxe version of which features remixes of 'Sapphire' by celebrated synthwave producer PERTURBATOR and 'Protection' by long-time Chelsea Wolfe collaborator Ben Chisholm, in their own way articulating how ALCEST seem to dip their toes in a multitude of musical genres without ever quite fitting in.