My Record Collection - November 12, 2019

My Record Collection by Alcest's Neige
by Tom
Tom
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My Record Collection by Alcest's Neige

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, it's the turn of Alcest mainman Neige, let's see what he opts for...

 

The first record I ever bought with my own money was…

"The first record I ever owned was Dangerous by Michael Jackson, and the first record that I think I bought with my own money was Nirvana's Nevermind. I was perhaps 11 years old when I bought ‘Nevermind’ - it was in my hometown in the south of France. It was from a big supermarket, probably when I was with my parents doing some food shopping."

"I’d heard the album at a friend’s place and had really fallen in love with the music I was hearing. I thought it was really powerful, and that’s why when I discovered heavy metal I thought it sounded really funny, because it has no violence in it, you know. I thought it was super cheesy. So that’s why I went from ‘Nevermind’ to black metal right away..."

 

The record that made me want to be in a band was…

"I think it was Cruelty and the Beast by Cradle of Filth. I bought it when I was 13 in 1998 or 1999, and it was my first contact with extreme metal music. I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I’ve heard that it’s taken some people a few listens to really get into extreme metal, but for me, it took one second. I felt that this was the music I’d always wanted to hear, which was a really cool moment. That’s why I have such a strong link to this band, because it’s a whole period of my life that I really like - as a teenager when I started to dress in black and was wearing nail polish."

"I came across the band because a friend of mine had bought a magazine called ‘Hard Rock Extreme’; it was a special series of hard rock magazines, but they just dealt with the extreme bands, like death and black metal, and Cradle of Filth were on the cover. They had a song on the sampler, ‘Lustmord and Wargasm (The Lick of Carnivorous Winds)’, which was my favourite song on the sampler..."

 

The record I've played more than any other is…

"There are a few contenders, but I think the winner is Siamese Dream by the Smashing Pumpkins. I’ve played it regularly from the moment that I first discovered it and I still play it on a regular basis. There was a period in my life when I was just starting to get out of black metal – because for something like two years I listened exclusively to black metal and maybe some dark, ambient stuff."

"An ex of mine who showed me Smashing Pumpkins and I loved them right away. It was not Siamese Dream however; I bought this album myself without knowing about it. I just love it because it’s very uplifting and very heavy at the same time. It has these super happy guitars, super loud, and I just love it."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"It's Thriller by Michael Jackson, because it’s super great and very uplifting and danceable. I still play it a lot. it’s one of these records that you always come back to when you want to. I can put it on when the weather is nice and I’ve cleaned the flat, and you know… everything’s great! Everything is clean, you put Thriller on. Happy days!"

 

The record I turn to when I'm feeling down is…

"I guess it’s the record Departure Songs by Hammock. It’s ambient post-rock, and it’s the most touching music that I know. It’s the music that moves me the most in the world. It’s very spiritual, it’s connected to something higher, and it’s very sad. Usually, when I’m feeling down I like to listen to something sad, because I guess when you feel sad and you hear happy music it sounds silly to you, if you know what I mean?"

 

The record I think is the most underrated of all time is…

"I would say it is Script Of The Bridge by The Chameleons, a band from Manchester - 80s new wave. They’re a band that I just keep on speaking about every time I speak about music, because I think they are very underrated and they should be as popular as, I don’t know, all the other old school classic goth bands, like Bauhaus."

"They have a bit of this old school U2 feel, lots of guitars. It’s great. I don’t understand why they are not more popular, especially in the UK, because I know they’re popular in France and in the UK they are not very famous."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"As always there are many of them, but I guess the one that’s really tasteful and smart is Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures artwork. It is as simple as it is striking, enigmatic and ballsy, I mean… it takes balls to make a cover like this - everything black, with just this tiny wave thing in the middle. I’ve read the story behind it somewhere, it being an image of the frequency of a signal from a pulsar – the first pulsar ever observed. The meaning is beautiful."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Disintegration by The Cure. I’ve listened to them for a really long time and I used to have just a ‘Best Of…’ record with the singles, and then I started to really dig into their discography - I think Disintegration is their best album. They draw some influences from the dream pop scene, like Cocteau Twins and stuff like this, they really have the perfect balance of melancholy and dreaminess."

"On this record, the songs are just beautiful. It’s a really long record, it’s very rich. And Robert Smith is an Alcest fan apparently!"

 

The record I can't understand why everybody loves is…

For a while I really didn’t like Metallica, for many years I was like “Oh, I really don’t understand why everyone likes Metallica!” It took me ages to like them! Now I really like them, but as I said, it took me a while, so I would say The Black Album."

"Metallica really clicked for me when I listened to Ride The Lightning from start to finish, I then really understood how influential it was and what’s so great about it. Before that, I didn’t really understand the sound of Metallica, and one day I just realised that it was, again, a band that sounded very much unique."

 

The last record I bought was…

"I think it was the last Beach House record called 7. I really like them! They play something like dream pop; so they are perhaps heirs of Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine? It’s like modern dream pop. They are very famous, so popular these days! The thing is I really don’t listen to much metal, I love like indie rock and stuff like this. I haven’t seen Beach House live yet, but I really hope I will one day."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2019 is…

"I haven’t had a lot of time to listen to music lately, and I’ve just realised that I need to! I really have to get back to this because I need to discover new things. However, I do know that Grimes is due to release a new album this year. I love her sound, and I love her future pop universe. Her voice reminds me of Elizabeth Fraser from Cocteau Twins but in a more modern way, and a more DIY way."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"I would have to say Souvlaki by Slowdive, because it’s one of my favourite records. I’m always very happy to listen to it, I always want to play it. My old friend Fursy from the band Les Discrets showed me Slowdive because he was getting into this post-rock, shoegaze phase. I wasn’t very familiar with this music at the time and actually, I discovered Slowdive when I was recording the first Alcest album. People thought I was influenced by shoegaze at that point, by Slowdive, but I didn’t know much about shoegaze."

"I discovered Slowdive during the recording and I had the same reaction as I had previously to Cradle of Filth – it was love at first sight! They became my favourite band and they still are my favourite band. I became very obsessive. They are my favourite band and I love them and it’s the best record of all time. Period! I have a very deep link to their music, it’s very sentimental to me. We have even made a track together; I met Neil And Rachel. I met Rachel at shows, and Neil, he came to the studio to record with me. I was so happy! It was in Iceland, it was awesome."

 

Alcest’s new studio album Spiritual Instinct is out now in hmv stores. 

They will be playing at the Barbican, London in December as support to Mono. 

Spiritual Instinct
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