ALCEST Unveil Music Video for Second Single “Sapphire”, New Album, “Spiritual Instinct,” Out October 25th

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After recently revealing their first single ‘Protection‘ and performing a genre-crossing set with Perturbator this week, French sound wizards ALCEST are ready to present the second single off their upcoming sixth studio album titled “Spiritual Instinct. Recorded at the French Drudenhaus Studios and written in bursts both during and after a prolonged period of touring in support of 2016’s hugely successful Kodama”, the new album – the first via Nuclear Blast – will lead the black-gaze pioneers into dark soundscapes full of spiritual catharsis and will be released on October 25th.

Today’s single, ‘Sapphire‘, is another magical creation blending shadows and light – the video was directed by Craig Murray (Mogwai, etc) and you can watch it below.

Bandleader Neige comments: Here’s ‘Sapphire’, the second single from our upcoming album »Spiritual Instinct«. This one was also written in a very spontaneous, liberating way and has this 80’s post-punk feel that could remind of The Cure, The Chameleons, or even our older side project Amesoeurs. Hope you guys enjoy it.”  

“Spiritual Instinct” Album Artwork

Pre-order your copy of “Spiritual Instinct, here and pre-save the album on Spotify via this link.

ALCEST‘s sixth album is available in the following formats:

  • Digipak in O-card
  • 36 pages earbook including 2 CD + 180g LP (stone effect) (limited to 2000 copies)
  • 180g LP in sleeve available in the colours:
    • Black (retail)
    • Ocean green (NB mailorder + wholesale, limited to 500 copies)
    • Burgundy (NB mailorder exclusive, limited to 300 copies)
    • Polar white (Rough Trade exklusive, limited to 300 copies)
    • Royal blue (band shop exklusive, limited to 300 copies)
    • Mint green (retail, limited to 1.700 copies, USA exclusive)
    • Clear+blue/bone splatter (indie exclusive, limited to 300 copies, USA exclusive)
    • Blood red (NB mailorder exclusive, limited to 500 copies, USA exclusive)
  • Boxset collector’s edition including 2 CDs + 180g LP (stone effect), ear-book, bonus mini LP (violet sparkle, etched) in sleeve, art prints and patch (limited to 500 copies)
  • Digital

Tours in support of the new album will soon be announced, but you can witness ALCEST at one of the following shows in 2019:

09/28 @ Amsterdam – Paradiso
10/13 @ Barcelona – AMFest
10/18 @Leeuwarden – Into the Void
10/19 @ Hameln – Autumn Moon Festival
10/26 @ Strasbourg – La Laiterie
11/02 @ Leeds – Damnation Festival
11/16 @ Neunkirchen – Gloomaar Festival
12/06 @ Madrid – Madrid is the Dark
12/07 @ Lisbon – Under the Doom Festival
12/13 @ Eindhoven – Metal Meeting
12/14 @ London – Beyond The Past


  • Neige – vocals, guitars, bass, synths
  • Winterhalter – drums

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