Alcest – Le Secret (2011)


In this 2011 re-recording of Alcest’s first EP “Le Secret”, Niege and company manage to make this release even more impressive with a crystal clear production. With the upgraded production we can instantly hear the sublime beauty of the band’s sound the way it has been portrayed in their last studio album “Écailles de lune”.

Featuring re-recorded versions of “Le Secret” and “Elevation” as well as the original version, this EP is a true gem for any Alcest fan. If you want to go all out with the super deluxe edition, you will get an assortment of goodies that will make your friends and your mom envious of how much of a true Alcest fan you are.

Showing off the contrasting evolution of Alcest, the new versions of “Le Secret” and “Elevation” feature the more ethereal and refined side of the band. Having the original versions on the same release clearly allows us to see how far Alcest has come. The rawness of the original versions has been greatly upgraded to a more elaborated sound that still features very harsh vocals and fast sections, but put in a more structured and elaborated context.

It is incredible what five years can do for a band, and in the new version of “Le Secret” we see how Neige treats things more maturely and create and even more enchanting sound. The keyboards are greatly revamped and the shoegaze elements are very nicely highlighted. All these elements where there before, but now they shine even more with the upgraded production. We get a similar experience when listening to the song “Elevation”, allowing them to sound like they are somewhat continuations of the “Écailles de Lune” album.

We love what Alcest has been doing with their last two full-length albums, and this re-recording of the “Le Secret” EP greatly upgrades this release to fit the newer material. If you love the band, then you should not miss this album.

Band: Alcest Album: Le Secret
Label: Prophecy Productions

Release: May 17th, 2011

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Genre: Black Metal/Shoegaze

Country: France

Rating: 90/100

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