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Karanthir I was one of the people who didn't like this album when it was released. But over the last couple of years it's really grown on me and now I can definitely appreciate it's place in Alcest's development as a band. More mellow, but still with all the power of their earlier albums. Favorite track: Away.
Sean Messier
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Sean Messier Many mourned the loss of their metallic edge, but it didn't stop Alcest from putting out a damn masterpiece of atmospheric, shoegazey alt rock. Favorite track: La Nuit Marche Avec Moi.
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ethan flores I have a special place in my heart for both metal and shoegaze music. Alcest is it's own entity with roots in both. Dreamy and beautiful. Favorite track: Opale.
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Alcest's destination of a long musical journey

"Shelter" is the fourth album by contemporary shoegazers Alcest, the destination of a long creative musical journey into vast new territories. More than ever the French outfit consisting of mastermind and multi-instrumentalist Neige and drummer Winterhalter embraces the dreamy guitar textures of shoegaze and blends it with the sweetness of british band Cocteau Twins - dream pop pioneers of the mid to late 80's era - epic, soundtrack-like melodies and progressive song structures.

The album which features guest appearances from Slowdive's Neil Halstead (lead vocals on the song "Away"), Sweden's Promise And The Monster’s Billie Lindahl and Amiina's strings sections was recorded at Sundlaugin Studio, Iceland, with Sigur Rós producer Birgir Jón Birgisson who masterfully gave "Shelter" its light and ethereal sound.

Conceptually, the title of the album "Shelter" says it all. The record is about the concept of shelter as a safe place that allows everybody to escape reality for an instant, to reunite with what we really are, deep down. Neige's own shelter turned out to be the sea, as well as the tracks of this album, all inspired by and dedicated to it.

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released January 17, 2014



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Alcest Paris, France

Alcest were founded in the year 2000, and with “Le Secret” (2005) and “Souvenirs d’un autre monde” (2007) they established the Post Black Metal / Shoegaze Black Metal / Blackgaze genre. Over the years Alcest made this music popular beyond genre borders, and today they are the protagonists of the music genre they invented. ... more


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