On April 9, French orchestral goth project Les Chants du Hasard will release their new album Livre Troisième. The album is a dark and ominous set of choral and neoclassical pieces that evoke a sense of doom without being doom metal, their sonic atmosphere more cinematic than heavy. There’s an undeniable beauty about the album, yet it’s austere and often harrowing—think of Anna Von Hausswolff’s most recent album of instrumental pipe organ but add a particularly supernatural sounding chant to that backing. It’s intense stuff, but mesmerizing all the same.
Today, Les Chants du Hasard are streaming the album in its entirety, a week ahead of its official release. It’s not the kind of listening you might think to reach for as we enter spring—at times it feels like a new soundtrack for a silent film like Nosferatu, with occasional black metal screeches. But it’s a stunning piece of work, and you can hear the full album below.
Pre-order the album here.
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.