9/10

Album number six from this French ”solo project gone band gone duo” is nothing less than a masterpiece.

If you should musically illustrate what the feeling of simply floating around in the universe, through worlds and beyond ought to be like – this is exactly how it would sound.
Weightless and bright, yet dark and heavy, soft and smooth, but with edge.

Call it a six (long) track meditation, if you will.
I will simply call it amazing.

This is the force of nature, the power of Alcest.
And it kind of leaves me speachless.

There are so many twists and turns and atmospheric illusions and sounds, such attention to details and connections.
And it all comes in a brilliant and magical package, delivered by mastermind Stéphane ‘Neige’ Paut and his perfect drumming companion Jean “Winterhalter” Deflandre.

From start to finish, this truly is a journey, an incredible adventure of peace and calm.
It’s pure, beautiful, overwhelming and uplifting, and it just touches the soul in so many, many ways.

Band: Alcest
Title: Spiritual Instinct
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Date of release: 25/10 -19
Rate: 9/10
Stand Out Tracks: None, and ALL