You know what I don't get? Why is it considered "gay, unmanly, embarrassing" etc if a man or band is into spirituality, living mindfully and consciously, thinking and writing about deeper or other-wordly topics etc? I read stuff like this here all the time and I wonder why... does it make you a man to only make the most brutal music, to only be in your masculine energy and neglect your feminine energy? I thought we're over that shit in 2020. Oh and calling something gay is not an insult btw, it's just a sexual orientation.
Masculinity has been co-opted by superficial Machiavellianism & dark-triad personalities, most of whom are dedicated to neglecting any sort of introspection. Ironic when you consider the long lineage of scientists & philosophers throughout the ages who insisted that getting in touch with the world & yourself was necessary for maturity & manhood. Jung famously said that men need to get in touch with their feminine side to reach individuation (and vice versa for women, of course) & Nietzsche very deeply criticized the repudiation of meditation in modern society in The Gay Science (a fitting title). It also relates to the bad rap most men give to poetry - they see it as weak or girly, not the incredible force for catharsis & wonder it truly is. Many examples of spiritualities being "brutal" do exist, so their "gay" critique doesn't even hold up after very little scrutiny. Some people are just doomed to suffer of intellectual & emotional arrested development. Oh well. It's their loss.
???? ...Huh? No. This isn't a condemnation of sexual freedom. My point is that because some men complain about having their emotions be misused or misinterpreted, and because some women complain about too many guys wanting them only for sex, this means that there comes a time that when you are really searching for something serious, early sex and early vulnerability will backfire if increasing your chances of finding a serious relationship is your mandate. I wasn't talking about casual flings at all. If you want casual flings, have casual flings.
Ok sorry, misunderstood that. :) Hm, not sure if I agree... my last relationship pretty much started out with sex and turned into something serious and beautiful where we talk openly with each other. I also have friends who's relationship started with just having casual sex here and there, now they've been with each other for over 10 years. ;)
Oh, I didn't meant to suggest that it's impossible to find something serious without going slow, I know people in that situation as well. I'm just saying that I've seen a lot of people, both men and women, complain that they've had trouble settling down because of these things. Although on second thought that probably happens to older people, mid-30s and up if I had to guess.
At first I was a bit sceptical about Spiritual Instinct too but after hearing it live I can say that it's just as much Alcest as all the other records too. Although they played only 3 songs of the new album they fitted perfectly into the set. And Perfection is an absolute hit ofc. Now I enjoy listening to it even more.
If you're planning on listening to all of them, you'll be best off just going by release order. If you really want to begin with an album that can act as a gateway, my choice would be Les Voyages de l'Âme
"Spiritual Instinct" is fantastic. And I still can safely say I love all their albums. While some songs has parts which remind me of previous albums, altogether it has it own unique sound to it. I wouldn't call "Spiritual Instinct" their "heaviest" album, I wouldn't even call any of Alcest albums "heavy", they are beautiful. My only complaint is that it feels too short, while it has about the same length as "Kodama" it feels way shorter.