Alcest Introduce New Album, 'Les Chants De L'Aurore'

Alcest Introduce New Album, 'Les Chants De L'Aurore'

- By Ramon Gonzales

Stream the brilliantly composed first single, "L'Envol" along with the accompanying video from French artist Yoann Lossel. 

Photo by Andy Julia

French heavy shoegaze practitioners Alcest have confirmed the arrival date of their long-awaited seventh studio album, Les Chants De L'Aurore. Set to land June 21st via Nuclear Blast Records, the project marks the first full length studio album since 2019's Spiritual Instinct. 

Along with the announcement of the record, Alcest has shared the first offering from the endeavor with the masterful introduction, "L'Envol" Coupled with an otherworldly video helmed by French artist Yoann Lossel, the single offers an auspicious start to the campaign for an album some five years in the making. 

Alcest driving creative force and principal songwriter Neige offered some added insight to the depth of the track and how it serves well in encompassing the breadth of an album that explores so much creative terrain. 

"'L'Envol' is a musical return to the atmosphere of Alcest's first albums. I wrote this song after an inspiring trip to Corsica, where I met amazing people and was surrounded by some of the most unique landscapes I have ever seen. It is about escaping from earthly reality to join a flock of mythical birds flying through the known boundaries of our world. The song is accompanied by a music video created by the talented French artist Yoann Lossel, who also designed the album cover."

Adding how the track sets the tone for the album as a whole, Neige added, "For this first single release, we wanted the music, lyrics and visuals to be as coherent and immersive as possible. All the tracks on Les Chants de l'Aurore are very different from one another, but we thought this one would be a great introduction to the overall atmosphere and themes of the album."

In celebration of the album, Alcest will embark on a lengthy live tour later this year that will see the band spend some two months on the road trekking throughout the EU/UK and beyond. A complete list of dates and cities can be found below. 

21.10. HR Zagreb - Boogaloo 

23.10. GR Athens – Gagarin 205 

24.10. GR Thessaloniki – WE SKG 

25.10. TR Istanbul – IF Performance Hall 

28.10. RO Bucarest – Quantic Club 

02.11. CH Zurich – Meh Suff! 

13.11. DE Cologne – Essigfabrik 

14.11. DE Stuttgart – Im Wizemann 

15.11. DE Munich – Backstage Werk 

16.11. DE Milan – Alcatraz 

18.11. SO Ljubljana – Kino Siska 

19.11. AT Vienne – Simm City 

20.11. HU Budapest – Durer Kert 

21.11. CZ Prague – Roxy 

23.11. DE Berlin – Festsaal 

24.11. PL Warsaw – Proxima 

25.11. LT Vilnius – Loftas 

26.11. EE Tallinn – Paavli Kultuurivabrik 

27.11. FI Helsinki – Kultuuraio 

29.11. SE Stockholm – Fryshuset 

30.11. NO Oslo – Vulkan Arena 

01.12. DK Copenhagen – Vega 

03.12. DE Hamburg – Gruenspan 

04.12. NL Amsterdam- Paradiso 

05.12. BE Bruxelles – Ancienne Belgique 

06.12. FR Paris – L'Olympia 

07.12. LU Esch-sur-Alzette – Den Atelier 

08.12. DE Frankfurt – Batschkapp 

11.12. UK London – Electric Brixton 

12.12. UK Manchester – Academy 2 

13.12. UK Glasgow – The Garage 

14.12. IR Dublin - Academy 

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