4. Alcest – Les Voyages De L'Âme
The French one-man black metal/post-rock/shoegaze project Alcest is something that’s featured highly on my lists before. Alcest’s last album was 10th on my 2010 list. Their latest finds itself in my top 5 because it has embraced a weird thing for an ostensibly black metal band to embrace: happiness. This is album of soaring heights and prettyprettypretty moments. It sounds triumphant. Melodic and uplifting and full of major scales and droning, repetitive chords that build to soaring crescendos. This description sounds similar to what I’ve said about other albums this year, namely Anathema’s Weather Systems. Alcest achieves its tremendous pretty happy states more naturally in my opinion. It’s about craft and it’s about restraint. This is an album of quiet victories. Songs like “Là Où Naissent Les Couleurs Nouvelles” are what my mind sounds like after getting a publication from a journal I really dig, or eating a perfectly composed bite of food, or getting a kiss under the moonlight from the woman I love. This isn’t a perfect album; it’s the most metal portions of this album that feel the most out of place, actually. But is 9/10 for me, and would have topped my 2011 list had it been eligible. I love this album, and I hope that you do too.
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