Last year, influential French “blackgaze” duo ALCEST released their sixth studio album ‘Spiritual Instinct’ through Nuclear Blast. Warmly-received by press and fans alike, the album scored the band their highest chart position in several countries, including Germany (#12) and Switzerland (#30).
Today, the band presents an alternate version of their deeply emotional track ‘Sapphire’, remixed by electro/synth wave legend James Kent aka PERTURBATOR. The song was included alongside two other tracks on the bonus EP that was only available with deluxe versions of ‘Spiritual Instinct’, but is now being made available digitally for the first time.
On the new single, founder Neige comments: “French artist James Kent from PERTURBATOR is a master at playing with the darker side of 80’ electronic music and we were really excited to hear how a rework of ‘Sapphire’ by him would sound. ‘Sapphire’ was already inspired by bands like THE CURE so it was amazing to receive James’ version, who turned it into a stunning dark wave track.”
“It was an immense pleasure to work with ALCEST on ‘Sapphire’. I think the track turned out to be a good blend of what we do best and is a nice hommage to our love for post punk and cold wave.”James Kent aka PERTURBATOR
After recently revealing their first single ‘Protection‘ and performing a genre-crossing set with Perturbator this week, French sound wizards ALCEST are ready to present the second single off their upcoming sixth studio album titled »Spiritual Instinct«. Recorded at the French Drudenhaus Studios and written in bursts both during and after a prolonged period of touring in support of 2016’s hugely successful »Kodama«, the new album – the first via Nuclear Blast – will lead the blackgaze pioneers into dark soundscapes full of spiritual catharsis and will be released on October 25th.
Today’s single, ‘Sapphire‘, is another magical creation blending shadows and light – the video was directed by Craig Murray (Mogwai, etc) and you can watch it here:
Bandleader Neige comments: “Here’s ‘Sapphire’, the second single from our upcoming album »Spiritual Instinct«. This one was also written in a very spontaneous, liberating way and has this 80’s post-punk feel that could remind of The Cure, The Chameleons, or even our older side project Amesoeurs. Hope you guys enjoy it.”
Tours in support of the new album will soon be announced, but you can witness ALCEST at one of the following shows in 2019:
28.09. NL Amsterdam – Paradiso 13.10. E Barcelona – AMFest 18.10. NL Leeuwarden – Into the Void 19.10. D Hameln – Autumn Moon Festival 26.10. F Strasbourg – La Laiterie 02.11. UK Leeds – Damnation Festival 16.11. D Neunkirchen – Gloomaar Festival 06.12. E Madrid – Madrid is the Dark 07.12. P Lisbon – Under the Doom Festival 13.12. NL Eindhoven – Metal Meeting 14.12. UK London – Beyond The Past
Festivals confirmed for 2020: 29. – 31.05. D Gelsenkirchen – Rock Hard Festival 06. – 08.08. D Schlotheim – Party.San Open Air