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5 stars Alcest ' 'cailles de Lune

Finally, we are shown what Alcest are capable. This album is rich in melancholic beauty that is as captivatingly addictive and it is haunting. Though written entirely in French, it should not be difficult for the non-speaker to still be moved by the emotion carried directly to the soul by this album.

A brief search on google reveals that we are in some sense correct in the mood shot through our hearts by the music here ' a translation of the lyrics shows that the first two tracks, parts one and two of an overall title track, are a tragic story of a thirst for self-destruction, and peace sought in the final annihilation of consciousness and the self. The narrator ends the song fading to a rest in the blackness of the ocean depths.

The rest of the album is no more cheerful, either in tone or tale, seeming almost to continue the story, with the rise of the narrator's spirit into the fires of the sky, before being lost to blackened death-silence, in a telling of a poem by Paul-Jean Toulet.

This album, then, is a moving experience, when one takes the time to allow oneself to swim through the mind of the narrator and be carried in one's heart with the music. But it doesn't have to be felt so intensely. There is enough sheer musical beauty here to make this simply a very pretty forty minutes of auditory seduction. As successful in the background as the foreground, despite still holing on to some shreds (no pun intended!) of the heaviness from Alcest's earlier years (yes, the distorted guitars are still there!)

A successful album on many levels, then. Beautiful, haunting musicianship, poetically moving lyrics, varied and progressive sounds. A truly vital addition to the collection of anyone who has really even the faintest interest in any sort of music that bears the tiniest resemblance to this.


stranded_starfish | 5/5 |


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