ALCEST

Atmospheric Black Metal / Metal Related / Non-Metal / Black Metal • France
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Formed in 1999 by French black metal multi-instrumentalist Neige (who also worked with Peste Noire, Mortifera, and Amesoeurs), Alcest was originally conceived as a solo project. It would eventually take on the form of a full band as Hegnor (also of Peste Noire) and Arguth joined the fray and released a four-track demo entitled Tristesse Hivernale in 1999. This demo was a more straightforward black metal affair, much different from what would happen next. After that released, Alcest returned to a one-member format, with Neige moving away from the metal overtones of the three-piece and embracing a more atmospheric approach to his work. The 2005 EP release, Le Secret, was more in tune with the project`s ultimate goal, which was to put to ear, as it were, Neige`s fascination with an "otherworld" -- of sorts -- that had held a fascination for him beginning in his childhood. In 2007, Neige read more...
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KodamaKodama
Prophecy Productions 2016
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YEARNING plaintive scenes ORIG 1999 DIGIPAK HOLY REC-SEALED!-agalloch,alcest YEARNING plaintive scenes ORIG 1999 DIGIPAK HOLY REC-SEALED!-agalloch,alcest USD $19.99 (0 bids)
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SEPTIC FLESH ophidian wheel ORIG 1997 DIGIPAK HOLY REC alcest,les discrets,nile SEPTIC FLESH ophidian wheel ORIG 1997 DIGIPAK HOLY REC alcest,les discrets,nile USD $29.99 (0 bids)
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AVENGER fall of devotion ORIG 1999 BREATH OF NIGHT-alcest,lantlos,agalloch,absu AVENGER fall of devotion ORIG 1999 BREATH OF NIGHT-alcest,lantlos,agalloch,absu USD $29.99 (0 bids)
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LUX OCCULTA my guardian angel ORIG 1999 PAGAN RECORDS-agalloch,alcest,windir LUX OCCULTA my guardian angel ORIG 1999 PAGAN RECORDS-agalloch,alcest,windir USD $19.99 (0 bids)
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GONTYNA KRY welowie ORIG 1998 CD-R OLD LEGEND PROD-agalloch,alcest,les discrets GONTYNA KRY welowie ORIG 1998 CD-R OLD LEGEND PROD-agalloch,alcest,les discrets USD $34.99 (0 bids)
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MUTIILATION majestas leprosus ORIG 2003 ORDEALIS W/LYRICS-alcest,nyktalgia,luror MUTIILATION majestas leprosus ORIG 2003 ORDEALIS W/LYRICS-alcest,nyktalgia,luror USD $39.99 (0 bids)
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AVENGER shadows of the damned ORIG 1998 BREATH OF NIGHT-agalloch,alcest,dawn AVENGER shadows of the damned ORIG 1998 BREATH OF NIGHT-agalloch,alcest,dawn USD $29.99 (0 bids)
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ANGANTYR sejr ORIG 2004 BLASTING BLACK SEMTEX-belenos,agalloch,windir,alcest ANGANTYR sejr ORIG 2004 BLASTING BLACK SEMTEX-belenos,agalloch,windir,alcest USD $19.99 (0 bids)
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SACRIVERSUM the shadow of the golden fire  ORIG 2001 SERENADES-alcest,agalloch SACRIVERSUM the shadow of the golden fire ORIG 2001 SERENADES-alcest,agalloch USD $14.99 (0 bids)
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BELENOS l'ancien temps 2CD ORIG 2004 SACRAL PROD-agalloch,alcest,windir,enslaved BELENOS l'ancien temps 2CD ORIG 2004 SACRAL PROD-agalloch,alcest,windir,enslaved USD $19.99 (0 bids)
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ANGANTYR haevn ORIG 2007 DET GERMANSKE FOLKET-belenos,agalloch,windir,alcest ANGANTYR haevn ORIG 2007 DET GERMANSKE FOLKET-belenos,agalloch,windir,alcest USD $19.99 (0 bids)
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ENSLAVED monumension ORIG 2001 SLIPCASE OSMOSE-agalloch,alcest,windir,nargaroth ENSLAVED monumension ORIG 2001 SLIPCASE OSMOSE-agalloch,alcest,windir,nargaroth USD $19.99 (0 bids)
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GAUHAERT ygwaet gwyr gwynn novi ORIG 2005 GOATOWAREX-urfaust,agalloch,alcest GAUHAERT ygwaet gwyr gwynn novi ORIG 2005 GOATOWAREX-urfaust,agalloch,alcest USD $19.99 (0 bids)
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GRAVELAND raise your sword! ORIG 2001 NO COLOURS REC-agalloch,alcest,nargaroth GRAVELAND raise your sword! ORIG 2001 NO COLOURS REC-agalloch,alcest,nargaroth USD $14.99 (0 bids)
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MORKER skuggornas rike ORIG 2008 NORTHERN-fen,agalloch,alcest,wintersun,winds MORKER skuggornas rike ORIG 2008 NORTHERN-fen,agalloch,alcest,wintersun,winds USD $19.99 (0 bids)
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FINIST awakening ORIG 2005 ANCIENT NA-agalloch,alcest,wintersun,nokturnal mortum FINIST awakening ORIG 2005 ANCIENT NA-agalloch,alcest,wintersun,nokturnal mortum USD $19.99 (0 bids)
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BELENOS notre amour eternel ORIG 1998 POLYPHEMUS-MINT!-agalloch,windir,alcest BELENOS notre amour eternel ORIG 1998 POLYPHEMUS-MINT!-agalloch,windir,alcest USD $59.99 (0 bids)
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STIELAS STORHETT skd EP ORIG 2010 DE PROFUNDIS EDITIONS--agalloch,alcest,windir STIELAS STORHETT skd EP ORIG 2010 DE PROFUNDIS EDITIONS--agalloch,alcest,windir USD $19.99 (0 bids)
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RUDRA rudra ORIG 1998 CANDLELIGHT RECORDS-agalloch,windir,alcest,wintersun,absu RUDRA rudra ORIG 1998 CANDLELIGHT RECORDS-agalloch,windir,alcest,wintersun,absu USD $14.99 (0 bids)
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HAGGARD and thou shalt...ORIG 1997 SERENADES RE-alcest,agalloch,therion,arcturus HAGGARD and thou shalt...ORIG 1997 SERENADES RE-alcest,agalloch,therion,arcturus USD $19.99 (0 bids)
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PARADISE LOST shades of god ORIG 1992 MUSIC FOR NATIONS-alcest,les discrets PARADISE LOST shades of god ORIG 1992 MUSIC FOR NATIONS-alcest,les discrets USD $14.99 (0 bids)
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STIELAS STORHETT vandrer...ORIG 2006 DIGIPAK NORTHERN SIL-agalloch,alcest,windir STIELAS STORHETT vandrer...ORIG 2006 DIGIPAK NORTHERN SIL-agalloch,alcest,windir USD $19.99 (0 bids)
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PARADISE LOST one second ORIG 1993 DIGIPAK MUSIC FOR NATIONS-les discrets,alcest PARADISE LOST one second ORIG 1993 DIGIPAK MUSIC FOR NATIONS-les discrets,alcest USD $14.99 (0 bids)
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OPHTHALAMIA via dolorosa ORIG 1995 AVANTGARDE MUSIC-dissection,alcest,windir OPHTHALAMIA via dolorosa ORIG 1995 AVANTGARDE MUSIC-dissection,alcest,windir USD $14.99 (0 bids)
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TRIMONIUM blow the horns ORIG 2003 FOLTER REC-wintersun,agalloch,alcest,enslaved TRIMONIUM blow the horns ORIG 2003 FOLTER REC-wintersun,agalloch,alcest,enslaved USD $14.99 (0 bids)
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SOLSTAFIR I Blodi Og Anda 2xCD NEW (PRIMORDIAL, AGALLOCH, ALCEST, ENSLAVED) SOLSTAFIR I Blodi Og Anda 2xCD NEW (PRIMORDIAL, AGALLOCH, ALCEST, ENSLAVED) USD $14.00 Buy It Now 2 days
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葬尸湖 (Zuriaake) – 孤雁 (Gu Yan) 2x LP (White ltd. 300) – Agalloch – Drudkh – Alcest 葬尸湖 (Zuriaake) – 孤雁 (Gu Yan) 2x LP (White ltd. 300) – Agalloch – Drudkh – Alcest USD $31.00 Buy It Now 3 days
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ALCEST Souvenirs d'un autre monde album cover 4.05 | 28 ratings
Souvenirs d'un autre monde
Metal Related 2007
ALCEST Écailles de lune album cover 4.15 | 49 ratings
Écailles de lune
Atmospheric Black Metal 2010
ALCEST Les Voyages de L'âme album cover 3.63 | 28 ratings
Les Voyages de L'âme
Atmospheric Black Metal 2012
ALCEST Shelter album cover 3.29 | 12 ratings
Shelter
Non-Metal 2014
ALCEST Kodama album cover 4.41 | 7 ratings
Kodama
Atmospheric Black Metal 2016

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ALCEST Le Secret album cover 4.25 | 6 ratings
Le Secret
Atmospheric Black Metal 2005
ALCEST Aux Funérailles Du Monde / Tristesse Hivernale album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Aux Funérailles Du Monde / Tristesse Hivernale
Black Metal 2007
ALCEST Les Discrets / Alcest album cover 4.25 | 4 ratings
Les Discrets / Alcest
Metal Related 2009
ALCEST Le Secret (re-recorded) album cover 4.00 | 4 ratings
Le Secret (re-recorded)
Atmospheric Black Metal 2011

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ALCEST Tristesse Hivernale album cover 2.17 | 2 ratings
Tristesse Hivernale
Atmospheric Black Metal 2001

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3.07 | 3 ratings
Autre Temps
Metal Related 2011

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ALCEST Kodama

Album · 2016 · Atmospheric Black Metal
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Although I liked Alcest's first two albums and considered their particular take on the "Blackgaze" style of black metal/shoegaze mashup to be quite pleasing, their third album Les voyages de l'âme seemed to find the approach wearing thin, Neige and crew seeming to lose interest in the black metal part of their formula. Their fourth album, Shelter, only served to confirm that impression in my eyes, since it saw them more or less entirely drop the black metal aspects of their sound for a more purely shoegaze approach.

However, perhaps just this sort of diversion was needed to allow Alcest to recharge their black metal batteries, because the full blackgaze style is back on Kodama, a concept album inspired by the conflict between the human and natural worlds as depicted in the classic anime movie Princess Mononoke. The concept isn't as awkward a fit for atmospheric black metal as you may think - after all, aren't Wolves In the Throne Room positively obsessed with just such ideas? - and though the delivery doesn't seem to draw very much on traditional Japanese music (or anime soundtracks) stylistically, it does feel like a welcome return to form for Alcest, and perhaps even their best yet. If the previous two albums were a necessary detour along the way to making this one, then this leaves me slightly better-disposed towards them.

ALCEST Shelter

Album · 2014 · Non-Metal
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I'd found the previous Alcest number, "Les voyages de l'âme", to be rather disappointing, but in retrospect it's clear that it was a transitional release which suffered from Alcest's increasing disinterest in the metal half of its black metal/shoegaze fusion. Here, the problem is solved by Alcest abandoning metal altogether, yielding a pure shoegaze release which manages to turn in a decent but not revolutionary performance in that genre. Metal fans will find little to love here, shoegaze fans will have heard this all before, and if you're one of those who feels really excited about the aesthetic possibilities of blackgaze, you'll probably find this a deeply unambitious release.

ALCEST Shelter

Album · 2014 · Non-Metal
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Primeval Scum
Some really beautiful stuff from Neige yet again

A lot of people are criticizing Shelter for being "boring" or are simply disappointed about the lack of metal. What many of you fail to realize is that the black metal influence was never what made Alcest special. Neige has a unique gift for crafting dreamy, majestic soundscapes and melodies that caress your soul. Shelter is no exception. All traces of metal are absent, but that same essential Alcest spirit is still there. As such, I have no qualms about the direction the band is taking.

This is a very soothing album, one you can get lost in. Perfect music to listen to in bed at night before you recede into dreamland. Granted, there are a few filler tracks and a bit of saminess in the middle (accounting for the 3.5 score) but there are also several songs that Alcest has knocked out of the park.

The special-edition bonus track "Into the Waves" was my favorite of the new songs. It's a shame that many people don't even know it exists. It has a sound unlike any other on the album, so look this song up if you missed it the first time around.

Favorites: Opale, La nuit marche avec moi, Away, Into the Waves

ALCEST Shelter

Album · 2014 · Non-Metal
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Gallifrey
No Exit

It was always going to come to this.

When you are the forefront of a genre, you can imagine the difficulty when you inevitably get tired of what you’ve created. Historical examples come in plenty, either an artist keeps plugging away at the same thing, most of the time missing the point, although occasionally getting some good material in, or the artist will completely leave behind the style, maybe start a new band in a different genre, or just take a complete tangent to the it, alienating fans, but also creating new ones. I could take the example of a band like Marillion, who more or less invented Neo-Prog, leaving the style in the dust after just four records, because I think they felt it was getting dry already. And then their counterparts, IQ, who stuck with the style for their whole career, knocking away at getting it right, but never quite getting the same as the beginning (of course, for the sake of analogy, I’ll ignore Frequency, which is obviously their best).

So Neige, frontrunner of this ‘Blackgaze’ genre that’s been coming up for a while, has finally decided to leave it behind, with the fourth full-length album of Alcest, his main band, Shelter. It wasn’t hard to see this coming, Les voyages de l'âme was more or less a dark Shoegaze album with a couple of blast beats and screaming parts, and mapping the natural progressions of musicians normally show them creating full albums based on small elements introduced in previous records. Hopefully this means the next Alcest album will be entirely in English sung by Neil Halstead…

Neige has little tricks that he uses, throughout all of the Alcest releases, an even over into his other bands, like Lantlôs and Amesoeurs. You’ll know the delay-ridden acoustic guitar, the low rumble of what is often a loop of Neige singing a single note, the slightly jangly chord sound that often comes in after the aforementioned acoustic/delay part. Theory people will know the diminished chords and the resolutions on V and IV, just the little things that remind us of who’s composing. But what Neige has done with Shelter, by cutting off any remnants of their metal past, black metal or not, he has essentially cut his list of tricks in two. Gone are the blast beats, the fantastic screams. Gone are the reverb-drenched overdrive riffs that pack such a punch to this dreamy music. And although I’m trying not to sound like a disgruntled metalhead who wants it to be br00tal, it means that this album is mostly one-sided.

And sure, you could argue that dropping the heaviness could open Neige up to new sounds, but honestly, this is just everything on the previous records, but without the metal. Sure, the addition of the string parts is new, but that just piles on the dreaminess even more until it becomes Valtari-levels of ambience. This album is more or less the same thing start to finish in terms of mood and atmosphere.

But as much as this is a change from the Alcest I love, this is still a great record. It’s slow, I’ll admit, but once you give it a few listens, even the tiny little melodies that each track develops become glorious. Alcest have always been about emotion, in all of their albums, and Shelter is no different. Except, unlike Écailles de lune, this isn’t a depressing album that you want to listen to alone in a darkened room and cry about. This is an uplifting record, euphoric even. The same level of emotional saturation that Alcest have had is still there, but it’s focused on happy emotions. Glory, peace, dreams, aspirations, the haze isn’t a cover over darkened emotions anymore, it’s a positive haze, like staring at the sun…

Oh yeah, I’m trying hard not to mention a certain big deal with a pink cover that people are inevitably going to compare this to, but it’s just too obvious. Alcest have gone happy, the cover is a blurry picture of the sun with people covering it. It’ll be hard to avoid mentioning the words sun, bat, and her. But in my honest opinion, Sunbather wasn’t a happy record, at least not like Shelter is. People are inevitably going to say that Alcest are copying, or bandwagoning with, Deafheaven, with the concept and idea behind this album, so I feel we need to mention the fact that Deafheaven wouldn’t exist without Alcest. Moving on…

I’ve a had a huge case of the lead single effect with "Opale", a track that I didn’t think much of when its video was released, but now can’t get enough of. The lead hook, the atmospheric aaahs and oohs that the album opens with in “Wings” may be insanely simple, but somehow Neige creates a beautifully uplifting atmosphere with such a simple motif, which is more or less the essence of Alcest’s music. The same thing happens in “Voix Sereines”, another of my favourite tracks, with that simple little motif that even a child could think of, but Neige uses his voice and his pedalboard to bring it to utter glory. But I have to comment on the lead riff of “Opale”, which I’m still not convinced on. It just feels slightly off. I really like the notes and the progression, but the rhythm is weird and off-putting, somehow sounding like it’s in an odd signature when it’s really in straight 4/4. I thought that it would grow on me and I would get used to it, but it still bugs me 10 listens later.

The other highlight track here is obviously going to be “Away”, Alcest’s first English song, featuring Slowdive singer Neil Halstead. On my first listen to Shelter, I have to admit that it got a bit boring, as pleasant and pretty as it was. The songs just mix into a haze of ambient vocals and delay and reverb and (new on this record) strings. But then Away comes, with Neil’s rather regular vocal delivery, speaking in English. Now, I have to admit my lack of education that, despite knowing about them for years, I have never actually listened to Slowdive (although I know exactly what I’m doing when this review is done), but the match of this simple voice with Alcest’s dreamy instrumentation is nearly perfect. Neige’s distant background vocals lift up the chorus to great heights, and with this song situated right around the point when you start to get bored of the same sound, it’s nearly perfect in reminding you that Alcest are still moving forward.

Although I enjoy this record, I feel in terms of the sheer number of great riffs and motifs throughout Écailles De Lune and Les Voyages, this is always going to pale in comparison. The mood of the music is new and fresh and wonderful for Alcest, but I think in terms of the quantity of riffs that I say are amazing, this isn’t their best. And I think, honestly, that’s the only reason that I believe this is the weakest Alcest album yet, simply because of the quantity of great ideas. I love it, but taking the perspective of others, I can see how many who are not Alcest fanboys may find this ‘boring’. I really hope Neige continues the happier mood onto further albums, but he really should develop some more great melodies to base the atmosphere on. Like the final track, 10-minute “Délivrance”. Ever since “Eccailes De Lune”, the idea of a 10-minute Alcest track has been in the minds of everyone, wanting another thundering epic. But Délivrance just sort of meanders, holding together its main theme in waves of ambience. It’s pleasant music, but the fact that the 9 minutes of “Eccailes De Lune Part I” had more riffs than half of this album really shows how drawn out these pieces are becoming.

Shelter may not be a perfect record. It lacks the sheer quantity of great riffs and melodies that the past Alcest albums had, but I’m definitely loving the happier side. Allegedly this is the first Alcest record where Neige has stopped writing about his ‘experience’ (what it exactly is is still unclear), when he was a child, representing a moving forward of Alcest’s music into something new. Even though I think that Les Voyages is their best record, I could definitely see where people were coming from when they said it was trying to recreate past glory, and Shelter is most certainly a big step forward. It does get a bit empty sometimes, and a few of the songs, for a significant amount of time, are just pleasant ambience, but Opale and Away are definitely amongst Alcest’s best tracks.

7.7/10

Originally written for my Facebook page/blog: www.facebook.com/neoprogisbestprog

ALCEST Écailles de lune

Album · 2010 · Atmospheric Black Metal
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Black metal often causes listeners to feel as if they are being intruded upon, as if they were being constantly punched in the gut from an uncomfortably close range. Some listeners find thrill in this, while others are deterred. In contrast, what can be called metal in Alcest’s catalogue can be said to have a certain distance to it. This album isn’t there to brutally force your submission, however thrilling that may be. From dreamy, moonlit guitars and sirenian crooning to hazy distorted guitars and reverb-soaked screams, Ecailles De Lune calls you from far away, like another world.

And a far off realm is exactly what the band aims to communicate. Alcest was inspired by experiences had by frontman/guitarist Stephane “Neige” Paut of what he referred to as “Fairy Land.” “I think reality is always subjective,” Neige explained in an interview with Metalblast. “We don’t know what’s real apart from the fact that we see it with our eyes, we smell it, we touch it, but we don’t know more.” This hazy, impressionistic take on reality was likely inherited from the shoegaze scene. In fact, although Ecailles De Lune is labelled a black metal record, it listens like a shoegaze record and it acheives nothing short of that shoegaze-y bliss that celebrates itself. Of course, this record takes a more fantastical approach to reality than even most shoegaze and some listeners may understandably find it less believable, but those who beckon to the call of that far off world will find themselves more and more in love with it.

The two part title track is the centerpiece of Ecailles. After an intro with cold, shimmering guitars, Part I kicks in with a longing riff that dangles over a mid-tempo drum beat as soft, honest vocals intermingle with the guitars. The song continues to cycle through a series of riffs, each a treat to experience, before reverting to its dreamier state and abruptly returning with the first hint of metal on the album, a lunar riff that is stranglely the brightest moment in the song.

Part II starts in a similar fashion to Part I; however, this time, the band enters with shreiks that are almost overwhelmed in space, as if they were recorded a valley when no one was around. Acoustic guitars enter as the screams subside, and the song continues in the silvery fashion that one grew to love in Part I.

While human longing, compassion, and ecstasy are certainly present on the album, Ecailles is more of an ethereal experience than an emotional one, utilising both the sanguine and the phlegmatic sides of dream pop and shoegaze to communicate Neige’s feeling response to a distant place. But however far away that world is, it seems to live and to breathe, and with the feeling that Neige conveys this place, one starts to wonder if his experiences with “Fairy Land” might not have been so far-fetched after all.

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