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 ever chart position in several countries.

Today, the band presents an alternate version of their deeply emotional track ‘Sapphire’, remixed by electro/synth wave legend James Kent aka Perturbator. 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.

Sapphire-Album Art

Download/purchase it here:

“French artist James Kent from Perturbator is a master at playing with the darker side of 80’s electronic music and we were really excited to hear how a rework of Sapphire by him would sound. Sapphire was already inspired by bands like The Cure so it was amazing to receive James’ version, who turned it into a stunning dark wave track.” -Neige

“It was an immense pleasure to work with Alcest on Sapphire. I think the track turned out to be a good blend of what we do best and is a nice hommage to our love for post punk and cold wave.” – James Kent aka Perturbator


Order your copy of Spiritual Instinct in various collector formats, here:

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


29-31.05. DE Gelsenkirchen – Rock Hard Festival
15-19.04. NL Tilburg – Roadburn Festival
18-21.06. BE Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
19-21.06. FR Clisson – Hellfest
17-19.07. RU Usad’ba Otrada – Metal Over Russia
05-08.08 CZ Jaromer – Brutal Assault
06-08.08. DE 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

More on ‘Spiritual Instinct’:

‘Protection’ Official Video:

‘Sapphire’ Official Video:

‘La lumière autant que l’ombre’ Official Album Documentary:

Album Trailer #1 – Writing & Recording Spiritual Instinct:

Album Trailer #2 – Themes & Album Artwork Spiritual Instinct:

Be sure to also check out the ‘Metal Talks’ episode feat. ALCEST on Spotify:



Neige – vocals, guitars, bass, synths
Winterhalter – drums

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