"Shelter" is the fourth album by contemporary shoegazers Alcest, the destination of a long creative musical journey into vast new territories. More than ever the French outfit consisting of mastermind and multi-instrumentalist Neige and drummer Winterhalter embraces the dreamy guitar textures of shoegaze and blends it with the sweetness of british band Cocteau Twins - dream pop pioneers of the mid to late 80's era - epic, soundtrack-like melodies and progressive song structures.
The album which features guest appearances from Slowdive's Neil Halstead (lead vocals on the song "Away"), Sweden's Promise And The Monster’s Billie Lindahl and Amiina's strings sections was recorded at Sundlaugin Studio, Iceland, with Sigur Rós producer Birgir Jón Birgisson who masterfully gave "Shelter" its light and ethereal sound.
Conceptually, the title of the album "Shelter" says it all. The record is about the concept of shelter as a safe place that allows everybody to escape reality for an instant, to reunite with what we really are, deep down. Neige's own shelter turned out to be the sea, as well as the tracks of this album, all inspired by and dedicated to it.
- CD in noble digisleeve
- Gatefold LP (180g virgin vinyl) incl. poster and PVC protection sleeve (copper vinyl: 500 copies)
- 2CD hardcover book (48 pages with lyrics, liner notes, translations of the lyrics, ca. 18x18cm) incl. bonus CD with bonus track "Into The Waves" (3.000 copies)
- Deluxe LP box incl. gatefold LP with poster, bonus 7" with bonus track "Into The Waves" and etching on B-side and 48 page hardcover photobook in wide format (first 500 copies with golden vinyl, second 500 copies with silver vinyl)
- "Complete Shelter Box": CD in Digisleeve, gatefold LP incl. poster, bonus CD in paper sleeve with bonus track "Into The Waves", bonus 7" with bonus track "Into The Waves" and etching on B-side, bonus DVD in paper sleeve with "Opale" video clip, 24 page LP-sized softcover book with liner notes and English translations of the lyrics, 48 page hardcover photobook in wide format and signed art print (ca. 18x27cm) (silver-black marble vinyl; 500 copies)
3. La Nuit Marche Avec Moi
4. Voix Sereines
5. L'Eveil Des Muses
Bonus CD/ Bonus 7" of the deluxe editions:
1. Into The Waves