In 2014 their 4th album “Shelter” marked the band's departure from the metal sound, in favor of dream-pop aesthetics, while the follow-up "Kodama" (2016), was inspired by Hayao Miyazaki's anime "Princess Mononoke” and picks up on the fate of a protagonist dealing with the sensation of not belonging and living in between worlds. The album marked the group’s return to the style of its early works
After excessive touring, Neige felt exhausted and faced the darker aspects of his personality. While fighting to reconnect with his spiritual essence, he wrote the most cathartic record to date, “Spiritual Instinct”. The 1st album to be released via Nuclear Blast in 2019, melts the heavy and lighter aspects of the band and sounds darker than most of its predecessors while dipping ALCEST’s toes in a multitude of styles without ever fitting in – and therefore proving them once again as pioneers of their own genre.