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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Alcest

Posted by Amoebite, February 22, 2019 05:01pm | Post a Comment

Alcest - What's In My Bag? - Amoeba Music

We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Neige, of Alcest, for a What's In My Bag? video here at Amoeba Hollywood. The French vocalist/guitarist found a cool collection of post-punk, dark wave, and shoegaze records, as well as plenty of movie and video game soundtracks, finding something interesting to say about all of them.

Alcest are pioneers in the blackgaze/post metal genre. Originally started in 2000 as a black metal solo Alcest - Kodama - Amoeba Musicproject fronted by Neige (aka Stéphane Paut), over time the band took on elements of the shoegaze genre, pioneering a heavier, darker hybrid. The band's debut LP, Souvenirs d'un Autre Monde, was released in 2007, immediately winning acclaim from the indie/underground music press. A followup, Écailles de Lune, was released in 2010.

Alcest honed their unique sound further on 2012's Les Voyages de l'Âme before going full-on shoegaze on 2014's Shelter, which featured a string section and guest vocals by Slowdive's Neil Halstead. The band's fifth album, Kodama, was heavily influenced by Japanese culture and art, specifically the 1997 Hayao Miyazaki film Princess Mononoke. Alcest are currently at work on their sixth album and are set to play select dates this summer in the US and Europe.

Neige was excited to talk about the Manchester post-punk band The Chameleons, calling them "really underrated." "They were not as popular as...Joy Division or The Cure or Bauhaus, you  know...I don't know if it was their look," he pondered, commenting on the unusually bright cover for their album Script Of The Bridge. Neige also brought up the cover to Dead Can Dance's Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun, featuring a photo taken at Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, telling us, "I went to see it and it's super cool."

Also in his bag: Bjork, Emma Ruth Rundle, Dinosaur Jr., Slowdive, and Explosions In The Sky.

But which album does Neige call "a perfect record?" And which artist does he say is supposedly a fellow video game "nerd?" You'll have to watch the video to find out:

Alcest - What's In My Bag?
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