Mélancolie en prose is the ninth regular studio album of OPERA MULTI STEEL, the cult minimal pop wave band native from Bourges in the centre of France. Conceived as a tribute to the memories of the Past, the retrospective mood of this project begins with the cover design, that merges various graphic elements that marked certain topics and phases in the history of this long living project!
The relation with mysticism in its symbolism and aesthetics, closeness to railroads - the project indeed Is creating and recording its sound in a disused railway station - the omnipresence of childhood memories: Father Rabbit and Mother Rabbit watching with concern four OMS stamped eggs which will give birth to the four members of the band, a kind of exclusively animalistic Christmas that could take place at Easter (!) because, originally, this image, from the very beginning of XXth century, was a Happy Easter postcard intended for children. It also reminds in a strong way the illustrations of children books of those times…
The album includes six all new titles and six other ones, selected among songs dating from the early years of the group and which have never been released on cd before. However, there’s no real musical ‘gap’ between the newand the oldest tracks. The group arranged all songs in a homogeneous way while integrating the entire spectrum of instruments that marked the sound of OMS for several decades: Casio VL1, Elex, recorders, melodica, vintage Roland beatboxes sounds etc. Also this album is mixing mixing Pop, New Wave, Folk, Minimal-Electro and even classical music with the addition of numerous choral parts and other diverse influences.
The lyrics of the last track have been written by Jean-Christophe d'Arnell (Collection d’Arnell-Andrea), and are a poetic evocation of the place Opera Multi Steel live and compose in: Railroad elements: bell of grade crossing, passage of trains and other atmospheres of railway stations complete this album, still more turned than usual, towards the notion of time which passes… fast.