Les Discrets
Septembre Et Ses Dernières Pensées


4.0
excellent

Review

by Zettel USER (37 Reviews)
April 18th, 2010 | 350 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The suitable companion piece to Alcest's "Écailles de Lune".

I do not know. Maybe there is a reason for Les Discrets doing a split EP with Alcest, and then releasing their respective albums the very same day. Fursy Teysser, Les Discrets band leader, not only painted Alcest's new album cover, but also worked with Neige (Alcest's frontman) on Amesoeurs. So the comparisons come naturally, as even both albums are the same length and share a similar sound. Those who were not satisfied with Alcest's Écailles de Lune turned their heads over Septembre et Ses Dernières Pensées and vice versa, to point out what should have been done instead.

But Alcest dwell in their own reality, oblivion to any current trends. They have their own sound and vision, and it is pretty much self-contained. By comparison, Les Discrets are slightly more diverse, and at the same time, a little more focused and song-oriented. While Alcest is flying in the sky, heading to the horizon on a mystical voyage, Les Discretes are walking the Earth through obscure forests and desolated landscapes under the moonlight, looking for some internal answers. There is a more terrene feeling on Septembre et Ses Dernières Pensées that is not devoid of magic and charm, because in the end this album is an exquisite listening. What if you can find the soundscapes familiar, or even similar to those of Amesoeurs, for example? The band also works with shoegaze and post-rock elements, but they do not pretend to reinvent the aesthetic Neige brought to the table; instead, they use it to better serve the band's purposes and create their own version of it. A more straightforward take if you want, but also a beautiful, elegant, intimate, mesmerizing, and above everything, a very identifiable one.

Fursy, the group mastermind, is very confident at what he is doing, and he is certainly not afraid of the comparison people will surely make between him and Neige. The reason is apparent very soon: Les Discrets are also capable of creating their own world, one in which the listener is gently taken in. The songs are very solid and have an unique color. The atmosphere is less dense and compulsive, less aerial and less wandering than the one he helped to shape on Amesoeurs's self-titled. At the core, this is basically an acoustic album turned into an electric beast by layers and layers of guitar distortion, and thanks to Fursy's vision and talent the songs are allowed to evolve into something fuller, deeper and richer than it appears on first listen. It has an epic feeling that is not ambitious; the music is all the way intimate with a strong sense of nostalgia, having this unsettling vibe that adds to the album's well-defined character. There are great rock riffs to find, which serve the album to have a more classic, old-fashioned feel; so it succeeds both at being instantly accessible and retaining replay value. The beautiful and warm songs flow with ease and the tone is such that it is never boring, despite being slow and calm. There are louder passages that are also pleasing to the ears; although it is clear the band does not care for heaviness. Taking into consideration this is a debut album, the band has done pretty well.

If you enjoyed Alcest or Amesoeurs, or if you just like sweet and seducing music, most likely you are going to love Septembre et Ses Dernières Pensées. For all intent and purposes, beyond the genre you want to put them in, Les Discrets are simply a fine rock band, which quietly try to make their way into the scene, by doing it the best way possible: with a great album.


4/5



Les Discrets are:


Fursy Teysser - Guitars, Bass, Vocals

Winterhalter - Drums

Audrey Hadorn - Vocals and lyrics



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SCREAM!
April 18th 2010


10390 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nicely written review. SHame this isnt getting attention since this is indeed a very fine release.

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SCREAM!
April 18th 2010


10390 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow really no attention whatsoever. Heres a bump cause ive just started listening to it again and it rules. The whole comparison between Alcest being celestial and this being more earthy is really spot on

iBosley
April 18th 2010


268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is actually pretty awesome. Nice review too

lobby
April 18th 2010


1251 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fuck "Écailles de Lune", this is better!

Zettel
April 18th 2010


604 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for your comments. Yes, it is a shame that this band apparently are not getting too much attention, but well, it is their debut, and there is plenty of time for them to shine. It was a good idea to do a split with Alcest; it was a great showcase for the band.

tuk
April 19th 2010


151 Comments


will check out, good review

BallsToTheWall
April 19th 2010


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Decent album. Vocals grate after awhile. Terrific review.

BigTuna
April 19th 2010


5161 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

alcest rules so I'll check this out

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silkforcalde
April 19th 2010


404 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

second best album of the year so far, hands down

also check out the mostly acoustic demos fursy released in '06 and '07

YouAreMySilence
April 20th 2010


3727 Comments


Gonna put the new Alcest record on my ipod to listen to but I dont really like the vocals for this so probably will stay clear.

silkforcalde
April 20th 2010


404 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

i rather like fursy's voice, then again the things people find annoying in vocals sometimes baffle me, especially when i rarely hear people call out actually horrid vocalists like jeff mangum (neutral milk hotel)

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
April 25th 2010


8946 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Much preferred this to Écailles de lune.

lobby
April 25th 2010


1251 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^123

silkforcalde
April 26th 2010


404 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

VERY close to upgrading my rating to a 5, absolutely astonishing album, Song for Mountains is definitely my favorite song of 2010 so far

Zettel
April 26th 2010


604 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You are right. This is one of the most pleasant surprises this year. Album gets better with repeated listens. "Song for Mountains" was one of the songs that grabbed my attention from the beginning, but there are so many good ones...

silkforcalde
April 26th 2010


404 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

ah, after Amesoeurs was in my top 3 albums of last year, I had very high expectations of Fursy's upcoming full length. So I wasn't surprised so much as had my expectations met and then some. When I heard Niege and Fursy were breaking up Amesoeurs I got sad until I heard the new Alcest and Les Discrets and now I'm actually happy about the situation.

Zettel
April 26th 2010


604 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well, in the end was a win-win situation! I really enjoyed the Amesoeurs album, but I did not know Fursy had a band and planned to release an album. So, this was truly a surprise to me. Unfortunately for this album, I'm in love with the new Alcest. But this is really great...

I also checked some of the demos you were talking about; very nice stuff.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
April 28th 2010


7025 Comments


not too big on the vocals

jingledeath
April 28th 2010


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think I like this and Écailles de lune equally.

Abandoner
May 9th 2010


30 Comments


So this is a pretty good album.



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