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.
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
Order ‘Spiritual Instinct’ on a range of different formats now: https://nblast.de/AlcestSpiritInstinct
Listen to the band’s new tracks in the NB New Releases Playlists:
http://nblast.de/SpotifyNewReleases / http://nblast.de/AppleMusicNewReleases
‘Spiritual Instinct’ tracklisting:
01. Les jardins de minuit
04. L’Île des morts
05. Le Miroir
06. Spiritual Instinct