Les Discrets – Prédateurs

In France’s hugely abundant and ever reaching music scene, Fursy Teyssier is a name that should be heralded as a driving force and an important figurehead within its wealth. Formerly a part of both Alcest and Amesoeurs’ fabric (in different capacities), Les Discrets is Teyssier’s main outlet today and represented a chance to branch out in artistic ways he could not in previous. With such a pedigree in the Shoegaze/Black Metal that Alcest are especially renowned for, it may surprise many to see the stylistic shift that third full length Prédateurs (Prophecy) has undertaken; but its sheer quality and artistic integrity should not be a shock.

The metal and shoegaze characteristics of previous albums are virtually removed on Prédateurs for a more dynamic and wider sound which encompasses a considerable range, yet maintains the morose and haunting atmosphere and undertones that he and they are synonymous with. This offering visualises a grittier, urban landscape with sounds of trip-hop and dark indie for the most part, with even nods to the likes of Depeche Mode’s electronic tinge permeating, whilst still remaining at times foreboding but entirely hypnotic and engaging throughout. Not that their previous elements are all entirely forgotten however; as the likes of ‘Les Amit de Minuit’ show signs of dreamlike ambience, whilst Teyssier’s vocals of course, remain a hugely recognisable component that still manage to adapt and suit the changes.

The art of the experimental is to keep moving forward and evolving rather than to stagnate; and Prédateurs represents a significant change of style for Les Discrets, yet isn’t such a radical departure that fans with get entirely lost on the wayside. Signs of previous are still present, but ultimately this is an example of a band unshackling from its roots and developing a whole new identity, yet still being as compelling, dark, and utterly special as before.