A couple of quotes from recent interviews about the next Alcest album:
"I'm working on two albums currently and some of these pieces sound like a very emotional thing, remembering Alcest's first album a lot, something kind of nostalgic I would say .... but the sequence will certainly continue to explore the path found in Kodama ."
"We started working on it recently, but again it will be quite heavy. A kind of continuation of "Kodama", but obviously different. We do not like to always make the same record. What is coming will be very epic and will have to do with my life changes, my experiences with meditation and my reflections on spirituality and its differences with religion. I hope it comes out next year."
New quotes from Neige on the next album, contradicting his previous comments a little bit: “It’s going to be a very introspective album, a bit more connected to my own ups and downs, especially the downside,” “I think it’s going to be quite dark for being Alcest, and that’s something we don’t really explore that much. It’s not like Kodama was a happy record, but I would say it’s a continuation from Kodama, but in a slightly heavier direction, maybe.”
Les voyages de l'Âme and Shelter is what I'm usually listening to if I don't have my car and have to trek 2 km home through a meadow because I live in the middle of nowhere. It's truly magical. Even though I don't agree with some of his sentiments, I think Neige is just a good, extremely talented person and it shines through.
I agree but, unfortunetly, a lot of people praise that album for whatever the reason, and Neige seems to be fond of it. I think I should just expect my favourite bands to go downhill and everyone to applaud them for it.