Alcest is a French blackgaze band with many good songs and albums. This is the list of my top 10 best Alcest songs.
Alcest full-length discography
- Souvenirs d’un autre monde, 2007
- Écailles de Lune, 2010
- Les Voyages de l’Âme, 2012
- Shelter, 2014
- Kodama, 2016
10. Souvenirs d’un autre monde (“Souvenirs d’un autre monde”, 2007)
Early Alcest goodness with soft vocal and guitar melodies. Introduced a lot of the signature dynamics that would become the Alcest sound.
9. Ècailles de lune – Part 1 (“Écailles de Lune”, 2010)
Epic from their second full-length album that has everything from black metal blastbeat sections to shoegaze right from the Slowdive playbook.
8. Summer’s Glory (Les Voyages de l’Âme, 2012)
The songtitle couldn’t be more fitting. Celebratory metalgaze song that is one of the ultimate tracks for running or walking around in the summer sun.
7. Délivrance (“Shelter”, 2014)
It’s a pleasant take on shoegaze all through, but the slowburning end of “Délivrance” is one of my top Alcest moments. Just pure, bittersweet atmosphere.
6. Voix sereines (“Shelter”, 2014)
As light and shoegaze as Alcest gets. A really dreamy song that evokes even more nostalgia than some of their heavier material. It’s less emotionally heavy than most of their material, but the lighter atmosphere burns extremely bright in its own way.
5. Là où naissent les couleurs nouvelles (“Les Voyages de l’Âme”, 2012)
Big song that starts out with a doom metal like 4/4 tempo, building into soft verses with clean guitars and Niege vocals. Explodes in blastbeats, followed by a melodic crescendo that is one of the best Alcest moments.
4. Les voyages de l’âme (Les Voyages de l’Âme, 2012)
Midpaced melodic masterpiece with almost too many memorable passages to count. Full of dynamic and bittersweet emotion. Absolutely dreamy in both guitars and vocals.
3. Away (“Shelter”, 2014)
A ballad reeking with escapism featuring Neil Halstead from Slowdive on vocals. Fabulous vocals and lyrics. Not surprisingly, many of the light, soothing melodies also sound somewhat like Slowdive.
2. Percées De Lumière (“Écailles de Lune”, 2010)
Opens with an instantly recognizable signature melody that’s quickly accompanied by Neige’s black metal screams. Travels through riff after riff that is as driving as they are dreamy. A defining song for Alcest.
1. Autre Temps (“Les Voyages de l’Âme”, 2012)
The single from “Les voyages de l’âme” is the perfect introduction to Alcest and remains my favorite song by them even today. Incredibly dreamy song filled with shoegazing guitar and vocal melodies to die for. You can feel it has something special right from the first few notes. It’s a well-deserved #1 on my list of the 10 best Alcest songs.