Last year, influential French “blackgaze” duo ALCEST released their sixth studio album ‘Spiritual Instinct’ through Nuclear Blast. Warmly-received by press and fans alike, the album scored the band their highest chart position in several countries, including Germany (#12) and Switzerland (#30).
Today, the band presents an alternate version of their deeply emotional track ‘Sapphire’, remixed by electro/synth wave legend James Kent aka Perturbator. The song was included alongside two other tracks on the bonus EP that was only available with deluxe versions of ‘Spiritual Instinct’, but is now being made available digitally for the first time.
Download/purchase it here:
Stream Alcest’s “Sapphire” (Perturbator remix):
On the new single, founder Neige comments: “French artist James Kent from Perturbator is a master at playing with the darker side of 80’ electronic music and we were really excited to hear how a rework of « Sapphire » by him would sound. « Sapphire » was already inspired by bands like The Cure so it was amazing to receive James’ version, who turned it into a stunning dark wave track.”
“It was an immense pleasure to work with Alcest on Sapphire. I think the track turned out to be a good blend of what we do best and is a nice hommage to our love for post punk and cold wave.” James Kent aka Perturbator
‘Spiritual Instinct’ tracklisting:
01. Les jardins de minuit
04. L’Île des morts
05. Le Miroir
06. Spiritual Instinct
Next month, ALCEST will kick off their European tour in support of ‘Spiritual Instinct.’ The 28 date headline run will be supported by French hardcore punks BIRDS IN ROW and the Icelandic synth-punk trio KÆLAN MIKLA.
29. – 31.05. D Gelsenkirchen – Rock Hard Festival
15. – 19.04. NL – Tilburg – Roadburn Festival
18. – 21.06. B Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
19. – 21.06. F Clisson – Hellfest
17. – 19.07. RU Usad’ba Otrada – Metal Over Russia
05. – 08.08 CZ Jaromer – Brutal Assault
06. – 08.08. D Schlotheim – Party.San Open Air
11. – 15.08. NO Oslo – Øyafestivalen
07.12. PT Lisbon – Under The Doom Festival
08.12 ES Madrid – Madrid Is The Dark Festival
Press release courtesy of Secret Service Publicity