French post-metal outfit Alcest have released a music video for their new single, “Protection.” The track previews their new record, Spiritual Instinct, their sixth studio album and first for the label Nuclear Blast.
The visual, directed by Craig Murray, is a beautiful, fitting accompaniment to the song. A lone woman dances on a desolate stretch of sand, seemingly at war with her inner demons. She claws her way back—literally—throughout the clip as the Alcest track builds the tension.
According to guitarist Neige, “Protection” was one of the first songs he wrote for Spiritual Instinct. “It’s probably one of our most heavy, spontaneous songs,” he said in a statement. “It is about inner conflict, the tension between the spiritual and darker sides of a person, facing your own anguishes [sic] in order to embrace them and then fight them. Like the other tracks on the album, writing it was a very cathartic, healing process for me.”
Spiritual Instinct follows Alcest’s 2016 record, Kodama. The six-track album will be released October 25. Watch the “Protection” video below: