Alcest unveil music video for second single “Sapphire”

Alcest Sapphire single cover
After recently revealing their first single “Protection” and performing a genre-crossing set with Perturbator this week, French sound wizards Alcest are ready to present the second single off their upcoming sixth studio album titled “Spiritual Instinct”.

Recorded at the French Drudenhaus Studios and written in bursts both during and after a prolonged period of touring in support of 2016’s hugely successful “Kodama”, the new album - the first via Nuclear Blast - will lead the blackgaze pioneers into dark soundscapes full of spiritual catharsis and will be released on October 25th.

Today’s single, “Sapphire”, is another magical creation blending shadows and light - the video was directed by Craig Murray (Mogwai, etc.) and you can watch it below.

Stream or download “Sapphire” here.

Bandleader Neige comments: “Here’s "Sapphire", the second single from our upcoming album "Spiritual Instinct". This one was also written in a very spontaneous, liberating way and has this 80’s post-punk feel that could remind of The Cure, The Chameleons, or even our older side project Amesoeurs. Hope you guys enjoy it”.

The album is now available for pre-order in the following formats:
• digipak in O-card
• 36 pages earbook including 2 CD + 180g LP (stone effect) (limited to 2000 copies)
• 180g LP in sleeve available in the colours:
- black (retail)
- ocean green (NB mailorder + wholesale, limited to 500 copies)
- burgundy (NB mailorder exclusive, limited to 300 copies)
- polar white (Rough Trade exclusive, limited to 300 copies)
- royal blue (band shop exclusive, limited to 300 copies)
• Boxset collector's edition including 2 CDs + 180g LP (stone effect), earbook, bonus mini LP (violet sparkle, etched) in sleeve, art prints and patch (limited to 500 copies)

USA exclusive vinyl colours:
• mint green (retail, limited to 1.700 copies)
• clear+blue/bone splatter (indie exclusive, limited to 300 copies)
• blood red (NB mailorder exclusive, limited to 500 copies)

Get your copy of “Spiritual Instinct”, here. Pre-save the album on Spotify.

01. Les Jardins De Minuit
02. Protection
03. Sapphire
04. L’Île Des Morts
05. Le Miroir
06. Spiritual Instinct

Bonus CD:
01. Sapphire (Pertubator Version)
02. Protection (Ben Chisholm Version)
03. Protection (Acoustic Instrumental Version)

Alcest have two UK show dates scheduled in 2019, alongside several EU dates. They will be playing at Damnation Festival, Leeds on November 2nd and have announced today that they will be playing as support to Mono at The Barbican, London on December 14th. The show is set to celebrate Mono’s 20th anniversary, and Mono will be accompanied by The Platinum Anniversary Orchestra.

European Tour Dates 2019:
28.09.  NL Amsterdam - Paradiso
13.10.  E  Barcelona - AMFest
18.10.  NL Leeuwarden - Into the Void
19.10.  D  Hameln - Autumn Moon Festival
26.10.  F  Strasbourg - La Laiterie
02.11.  UK Leeds - Damnation Festival
16.11.  D  Neunkirchen - Gloomaar Festival
06.12.  E  Madrid - Madrid is the Dark
07.12.  P  Lisbon - Under the Doom Festival
13.12.  NL Eindhoven - Eindhoven Metal Meeting
14.12.  UK London - Beyond The Past

Neige - Vocals, guitars, bass, synths
Winterhalter - Drums