Review : LES DISCRETS – "Septembre Et Ses Dernières Pensées"

Les DiscretsSeptembre Et Ses Dernières Pensées
released March 29, 2010 on Prophecy Productions

Rating : 4/5

Les Discrets is a band that has been playing musical chairs with Phest, Amesoeurs, and Alcest via members Winterhalter and Fursy Teyssier. Even Neige has had a hand in this. It stands quite apart of these other projects though, with less of a shoegaze post-black feel and more of an amalgamation of 80s/90s gothic rock, along the lines of Fields of the Nephelim and semi-acoustic atmospheric metal, such as Agalloch.

The album opens with a gloomy and deceivingly orientalist serenity, and the short instrumental drifts into the opening track, “L’échappée”. The song has a catchy melody to it and when the vocals come in, they seem to fit perfectly and work even better en Français. The song eventually travels into a “la da da da” (and again in the catchy ballad “Chanson d’automne”) which makes you realize you’re not really listening to metal anymore.

Some black metal influence can be heard in “Les feuilles de ‘olivier” and especially the dissonant minor passages in “Effet de nuit”, the latter of which being one of the highlights of the album. Septembre Et Ses Dernières Pensées definitely has the elegant melancholy that these other French bands seem to tote. Chanson d’automn is an example of this, with watery guitars, slow and easy drum beats, and dream-like vocals.

The album travels to a lot of different places genre-wise. It’s hard to nail down exactly what style they’re trying to grasp, whether it’s the post-punk elements, black metal tint, atmospheric/gothic rock influence, shoegaze, or traditional acoustic sound. Every song sounds like the same band, but not every song fits the same sub-genre.

The album as a whole is beautifully orchestrated, but I feel they still have a way to go before making a masterpiece. If you’re a fan of Alcest, Opeth, Agalloch, or hey, maybe even Sisters of Mercy, you’ll probably enjoy this album.

Try 3, 6, 8

01.  L’ Envol des Corbeaux
02.  L’ Échappée
03.  Les feuilles de l’ olivier
04.  Song for Mountains
05.  Sur les Quais
06.  Effet de Nuit (Song composed for Phest)
07.  Septembre et ses dernières Pensées
08.  Chanson d’Automne
09.  Svipdagr & Freyja
10.  Une Matinée d’ Hiver

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