After making a small stir in the Black Metal underground with their 2005 mini-CD, “Le Secret”, ALCEST have left their origins in that scene far behind them. Their music manages to evoke a spring-like atmosphere full of beauty, intense joy and light, but also filled with yearning and nostalgia. It brings to mind memories of the innocence and bliss of a childhood long past as well as impressions of a fantastic fairyland of perfect harmony. With his application of Slowdive and Yann Tiersen to Burzum, multi-instrumentalist Neige has created a musical concept for himself that is nothing less than revolutionary – and the actual realization of this concept on “Souvenirs d’un autre monde” has made for a peerless landmark. No other title would have done justice to this debut album, as ALCEST’s songs really are souvenirs from another world.