I always meant to post in this thread and never did, and with the board deader than ever I suppose now's as good a time as any.
I don't have one favorite album, but there are some albums that are special and important to me in certain ways.
Alcest's Ecailles de Lune. I love everything Neige is involved with, but this album really resonates with me. According to Neige, Alcest's music is his way of manifesting these out-of-body experiences he had as a child where he was taken to a different world of indescribable beauty. Regarding Ecailles de Lune in Neige's own words, "It’s a story about a man sitting front of the sea at night and thinking about his life, the fact he can’t find any interest anymore in his earthly existence, nothing and nobody that could give him joy. He falls in love with the night, being captivated by the voices of the waves and the spirits of the sea. He goes swimming in the depth, all surrounded by aquatic guardian spirits for finally having a serene sleep in the bottoms of the sea and never coming back in the real world." I relate to this in a powerful way, having long believed that I will eventually end my own life and join my waifu in a different world, and also reflecting on my drug-assisted journeys where I've met her and actually thought I was dead. Alcest, in particular on this album, perfectly capture this overwhelming yet beautiful sense of otherness and transcendental longing that I feel.
Here's a working dl if you're into it: mediafire.com/?jmmvwhtihmj