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Hear Alcest’s new album Shelter in full a week ahead of release

Alcest - Shelter

French multi-instrumentalist Stéphane Paut, better known by his stage name Neige, has been a benchmark for excellence for some years. Most prominent amongst his works is Alcest, a project which has been putting out great albums since 2007. The last two, Écailles de Lune and Les Voyages de l’Âme, have been very well received indeed, and so anticipation for the new record Shelter is high.

The time is nearly at hand, as Shelter is due out on January 21st – one week today, in fact – and so the now almost obligatory advance stream has surfaced, over at Pitchfork. Take a listen and tell us what you think.

It’s different, right? For someone who has long been associated with the black metal scene, Neige has been making strides to disassociate Alcest with that style, and Shelter comes out almost entirely as a shoegaze/post-rock record.

The concept of the record is reflected in the title, and is meant to be a musical escape for the listener. Paut’s own refuge is reportedly the ocean, and as such a lot of the album takes cues from water. It also translates into something incredibly warm – tracks such as “Opale” positively hum with it, and the delicate vocals accent the tone of the album beautifully.

We’ll have a full review later this week, but it’s safe to say that this is probably the first ‘big’ album on the calendar for a lot of people, and rightly so.

Let us know your thoughts!