There we go! This is one of my favourites at the moment. Particularly this one song.
Alcest have been around for ten, eleven years now and have two albums out, both absolutely fantastic. They started as one of these Black Metal projects that over time become less and less pure Black to turn into some kind of "big atmosphere" sound. There's still some "blast beat" on it, but it's not like listening to Mayhem at all.
Alcest can really fill the room you're in and get you to a state of ataraxis and serenity. Their sound is big and epic and vocals are completely relaxing. Even the most calmed parts are plenty of that magnificent feeling.
I'll let you judge yourselves.
This is from their first album:
All those "clean" acoustic parts are, with the vocals, the magic of this great band.
Now, from the last one:
So, here's a question to debate: Do you find Alcest's music "dark" or even darkish?
Neige, the guy behind all this would be annoyed as hell if anyone did. ; )