One of the most original artists to come out in the last few years has been, Alcest. Alcest was founded by Neige in Bagnols-sur-Cèze, France. It originally was supposed to be a solo black metal project, but over time has shifted toward the atmospheric sounds of shoegaze, as Neige’s music matured. As for other members, Alcest once was a three-piece, but the two early members left, and since then Neig has been touring and performing with stand-in musicians.
Neige had an interesting childhood. He claims as a boy he had experienced another world and that Alcest is Neige’s outlet to convey his experiences and memories from this “other world.” Neige uses these alternative universes as a way to weave a great sonic tapestry for the listener and this is truly unique. Neige’s music is truly a journey for the listener into to this world. Neige’s transformation into this more ethereal music and towards this unique concept was first introduced on Le Secret his debut EP from 2005. Neige has put out three albums including 2012’s Les Voyages de l’Âme and will be releasing a new album later this year.