"Le Secret" is not a new album by Alcest. but the debut EP from the incomparable project from France. It was originally released back in 2005 in an edition of just 1.000 copies which sold out before the release of "Souvenirs d'un Autre Monde" (2007). thus becoming a sought-after collector's item.
To Alcest themselves. however. it isn't this fact that constitutes the importance of "Le Secret." It's the music of the release which laid the groundwork for all future Alcest compositions with its epic tracks alternating between euphoric and nostalgic moods. Conceptionally. this EP sets out the framework that is essential for all other works of Alcest: music and lyrics are used here by Neige as a medium to channel and communicate the esoteric experiences of his early childhood.
"Le Secret" isn't just re-released in its original form. though. Instead. Neige has realised his dream of many years to re-record these tracks which are so meaningful to him personally and so fundamental to Alcest and to adjust them to his matured demands. Still. the original recordings from 2005 are an equal part of this re-release.
The album is available as:
- Jewelcase CD
- Limited Digibook CD with enhanced booklet. Linen bound and coming in a cardboard slipcase. Very noble packaging!
- Limited gatefold LP incl. poster. Limited to 500 copies.
- Strictly limited wooden case (size: 24x16x5 cm) including a replica of the key on the front cover sunk in the top of the case. Content of the case: the limited Digibook CD of "Le Secret". an Alcest metal brooch. real handpicked leaves of ivy and an excerpt of the "Le Secret" lyrics handwritten by Neige. Limited to 500 copies and available for Prophecy club members and in Prophecy's online shop only.
- LP (black vinyl) incl. printed innersleeve, protection sleeve and poster