Souvenirs d'un autre monde

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Souvenirs d'un autre monde
Alcest-Souvenirs d'un autre monde.jpg
Studio album by Alcest
Released August 8, 2007
Genre Shoegaze
Length 41:20
Label Prophecy Productions
Alcest chronology
Le Secret
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Souvenirs d'un autre monde
Écailles de Lune
(2010)Écailles de Lune2010

Souvenirs d'un autre monde ([suvəniʁ dœ̃ otʁə mɔ̃də], English: "Memories from another world") is the first full-length album by French band Alcest, released in August 2007. The title refers to the meaning behind the music of Alcest, as its leader and songwriter, Neige, sees it as a journey through his memories of a distant world he has been in contact with.[1] It is the only album with Neige as the sole member of Alcest.

Although it is representative of future works, the album differs greatly from Alcest's first release Le Secret, distancing itself further from Alcest's original, darker sound, and going more into post-metal and shoegaze-like direction. It is the last release in which Neige plays all instruments, as he was joined by drummer Winterhalter on subsequent releases.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Blabbermouth 7.5/10[3]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[4]
Revolver Positive[5]
Sputnik Music 2.5/5 stars[6]
Ultimate Guitar 7.3/10[7]

The album received generally positive reviews. Brian Way of Allmusic lauded the emotional aspect of the album, stating it expressed "yearning, nostalgia, triumph and blissful peace, all without a single lyric in (discernible) English".[2] Many reviewers noted the unique stylistic influences on the album, with Brad Angle of Revolver describing the album as "unexpectedly profound and affecting. Where many black metal records tunnel inward to the dark centers of their authors, Souvenirs d'un autre monde looks outward and upward, encouraging the listener to release its grasp on reality and float into the ether."[5]

Kyle Ward of Sputnik Music was less impressed with the album, writing that "The ideas presented in Souvenirs d'un autre monde" are solid, and rather revolutionary for the genre, but the songwriting is so blatantly flawed that any hope of this fantastic idea coming to realization are swiftly carried away, never to return again."[6]

In 2016, Pitchfork Media ranked the album at number 32 in its list of "The 50 Best Shoegaze Albums of All Time", saying:

"The blur of black metal and the blur of shoegaze: When both genres began flourishing in the early 1990s, the similarities weren’t readily apparent. But by the early 2000s, their convergence seemed inevitable. The French musician Neige drifted away from the black metal scene in 2005 with the debut EP from his melodic, melancholic band Amesoeurs, but it took the first full-length by his next project—Souvenirs D’un Autre Monde by Alcest—to consummate his dual passions for black metal and shoegaze. The 2007 album’s title translates as “memories from another world”—accordingly, Neige imbued its six tracks with translucent acoustic guitars, sky-shaking thunderheads of distortion, and tender, wispy harmonies. The songwriting reaches for the cosmos, even as the record’s propulsive intensity is a constant reminder of Alcest’s metal ancestry. At the same time, it reinvented shoegaze for a new century, proving just how renewable a sonic resource it could be."[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Neige.

No. Title Length
1. "Printemps Émeraude" ("Emerald Spring") 7:19
2. "Souvenirs d'un autre monde" ("Memories from another world") 6:08
3. "Les Iris" ("The Iris") 7:41
4. "Ciel Errant" ("Wandering Sky") 7:12
5. "Sur l'autre rive je t'attendrai" ("On the other shore I will wait for you") 6:50
6. "Tir nan Og" (Irish: "Land of the Young") 6:10
Total length: 41:20


Additional personnel


  1. ^ "Interview with Neige for ATMF Webzine". Retrieved 2007-07-06. 
  2. ^ a b Way, Brian. "Allmusic Souvenirs d'un autre review". Retrieved September 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ Alisoglu, Scott. "Blabbermouth Alcest Souvenirs d'un autre monde review". Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  4. ^ Kelly, Jennifer (November 27, 2007). "Souvenirs d'un autre monde". Retrieved September 23, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Angle, Brad (August 2, 2007). "Revolver Alcest Souvenirs d'un autre monde review". Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Ward, Kyle (January 1, 2010). "Sputnik Alcest Souvenirs d'un autre monde review". Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  7. ^ UG Team (August 27, 2007). "Ultimate Guitar Alcest Souvenirs d'un autre monde review". Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
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