Music Review: Alcest – Les Voyages De L’âme (2012)

Alcest’s previous release led me to think the band was black metal, because Écailles De Lune does have strong black metal elements. Les Voyages De L’âme is hardly black metal and is more a cross between shoegaze and post-rock, and with Neige’s treatment, it sounds like a hard-rock band desperately trying to write soft-rock ballads.

Black metal does crop up occasionally, but Les Voyages De L’âme attempts to paint a picture of a dreamy setting. Alcest’s sole member Neige, as a child, saw dreams of a place which he calls “Fairy Land”, and tries to transport the listener to that surreal place with the aid of Alcest’s music. And you thought Michael Jackson was nuts.

Les Voyages De L’âme has its moments, but they’re not too many. At times, the music sounds a tad sad, as if it’s closing time at Fairy Land, and quite predictable. The listener will know what’s coming up, and Alcest proves the listener right by doing just that. Even the first song on the album which will excite those expecting black metal, Beings Of Light, is  too one-dimensional to be fulfilling, and it is the one after that, Faiseurs De Mondes, in which Neige shows a bit of imagination, and not the ‘fairy land’ kind, and succeeds in doing what he intends to only on Summer’s Glory.

Écailles De Lune left one wanting more, and Les Voyages De L’âme doesn’t do much to give you that. Neige would do well to not sound random all the time, because the listener will  find it difficult to experience the “colours, forms and sounds that do not exist here” (and are only in Fairy Land) unless they’re tripping on LSD. Alcest’s 2012 album, even with its few good moments, is a poor attempt to drag the listener to Fairy Land, a place where Neige stands peacefully all by himself with a rabbit in his hands, stroking the bunny to his new songs. If I didn’t already know what the album name means (‘Journeys Of The Soul’), I would have thought it meant ‘The Voyage Is Lame’.

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14 Responses to “Music Review: Alcest – Les Voyages De L’âme (2012)”

  1. January 7, 2012 at 13:26

    “If I didn’t already know what the album name means (‘Journeys Of The Soul’), I would have thought it meant ‘The Voyage Is Lame’.” – LOL

    i was very disappointed with this album


  2. January 9, 2012 at 08:42

    Wholeheartedly agree. Felt like i was listening to Soundgarden at times, and wished for Cornell to show up. That being said, i see this album being fawned over by the indie hipster crowd.


  3. January 9, 2012 at 09:48

    Oh yes. I kinda agree with you Aditya. I liked the debut full length and after that its all repetitive and predictable.
    I gave a listen to this album and wasn’t impressed much. Dedicated listens await though.


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  5. 10 Yeah, man
    February 4, 2012 at 04:13

    LMAO at the Michael Jackson comment


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