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 haunting track ‘Protection‘, remixed by longtime CHELSEA WOLFE collaborator Ben Chisholm. 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.

Listen to the new track here:
And download/purchase it here:

On the new single, founder Neige comments: “It was a real pleasure for us to have ‘Protection’ remixed by the multi-instrumentist and producer Ben Chisholm (known for being the close collaborator of CHELSEA WOLFE). His take on the song left us speechless as he gave it his very own style; a totally new sound, atmosphere and structure. We absolutely loved his approach.”

“It was an honor to be invited to reimagine ‘Protection’. The melodies and changes are so strong, it was a pleasure to work with. I have the utmost respect for ALCEST, so it’s really special to be connected to their legacy, and especially to this fantastic album.” – Ben Chisholm

Order ‘Spiritual Instinct’ on a range of different formats now:
Listen to the band’s new tracks in the NB New Releases Playlists: /

‘Spiritual Instinct’ tracklisting:
01. Les jardins de minuit
02. Protection
03. Sapphire
04. L’Île des morts
05. Le Miroir
06. Spiritual Instinct


Next month, ALCEST will kick off their European tour in support of ‘Spiritual Instinct.‘ The 28 date headline run will be supported by French hardcore punks BIRDS IN ROW and the Icelandic synth-punk trio KÆLAN MIKLA.

‘Spiritual Instinct’ – European Tour 2020
06.02.  F          Audincourt – Le Moloco
07.02.  F          Tourcoing – Le Grand Mix
08.02.  F          Lyon – Ninkasi Kao
09.02.  D         Munich – Technikum
10.02.  D         Cologne – Kantine
11.02.  D         Hamburg – Gruenspan
12.02.  D         Leipzig – Täubchenthal
13.02.  D         Berlin – Heimathafen
14.02.  D         Hanover – Capitol
15.02.  DK       Copenhagen – Pumpehuset
16.02.  S          Stockholm – Fryshuset Klubben
18.02.  FIN       Helsinki – Tavastia
19.02.  LV        Riga – Melnā Piektdiena
20.02.  PL        Warsaw – Klub Proxima
21.02.  PL        Krakow – Klub Kwadrat
22.02.  A          Vienna – Szene
23.02.  H         Budapest – A38
24.02.  RO       Cluj-Napoca – Form Space
25.02.  RO       Bucharest – Quantic Club
26.02.  BG       Sofia – Mixtape 5
28.02.  SLO      Ljubljana – Kino Šiška
29.02.  I           Parma – Campus Industry Music
01.03.  CH       Lucerne – Schüür
02.03.  D         Stuttgart – Im Wizemann
03.03.  B          Brussels – Orangerie @ Botanique
04.03.  UK       London – Heaven
05.03.  UK       Manchester – Gorilla
06.03.  UK       Bristol – The Fleece

07.03.  F          Paris – La Machine du Moulin Rouge

29. – 31.05. D Gelsenkirchen – Rock Hard Festival
15. – 19.04. NL – Tilburg – Roadburn Festival
18. – 21.06. B Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
19. – 21.06. F Clisson – Hellfest
17. – 19.07. RU Usad’ba Otrada – Metal Over Russia
05. – 08.08 CZ Jaromer – Brutal Assault
06. – 08.08. D Schlotheim – Party.San Open Air
11. – 15.08. NO Oslo – Øyafestivalen
07.12. PT Lisbon – Under The Doom Festival
08.12 ES Madrid – Madrid Is The Dark Festival

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