Today we begin our Opera Multi Steel reissue series! Starting from the very beginning with the eponymous 4-song EP from 1984 with die-cut sleeve designed from the original artwork proofs!
MassabielleOpera Multi Steel was born during the winter of 1983 in Bourges, a city in the center of France. The band started off as a trio with Franck Lopez (Vocals, Keyboards,Recorder, Guitars), his brother Patrick L. Robin (Vocals, Percussion) and Catherine M. Marie (Keyboards, Vocals). They began to record demos utilizing a Elex Keyboard, Casio VL-Tone, Roland TR-606 drum machine, guitars and bass pedals. Layering organ-like keyboards over drum machine snares and a woodwind recorder, they created a unique style of Medieval or Baroque synth pop. The result was a 4-song debut, eponymous EP, released in 1984 on their own label Orcadia Machina. The songs range from fast and bright, New Wave influenced by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s “Electricity” and slower, brooding Darkwave ballads like “17 Seconds” “Faith” era Cure. All songs were sung in French with lyrics about feeling of nihilism, disgust with life and escaping to a botanical garden in search of redemption. It was a pre-cursor to their darker and classic French coldwave sounds of their debut album “Cathédrale” released the following year.
All songs have been remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The jacket is die-cut replica of the original sleeve using master templates the band created in 1984 and offset printed on heavy French off-white card stock. Each copy includes an inner sleeve printed with lyrics and perspective line drawings by Jean Vredeman de Vries from the 17th century.
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Founding member of impLOG, Don Christensen, found a few boxes of his debut 7″ single Breakfast / She Creatures, self-released in 1980. He is asking us to sell them for him so if you want a original piece of New York No Wave history, now’s your chance to grab one! Each 7″ is housed in a big fold-out poster measuring 14×21 inches!
You can catch Josh Cheon of Dark Entries DJing in Europe over the next two weeks. Thursday August 28 - PARIS - Le Fete Triste at Le Batofar
▬ Concert ▬
➝ Bruta Non Calculant Live (Cititrax) FR
➝ Jan Melnick (LFT) FR
▬ Club ▬
➝ Elec PT.1 ( Crème Organization, Mathematics, Bunker.) DE
➝ Josh Cheon (Dark Entries Records / Honey Soundsystem) US
LFT x BATOFAR
28 I 08 I 14
21H - 07H
10€ en prévente et 14€ sur place
Face au 11 quai François Mauriac, 75013 Paris
Wednesday September 3 - LONDON - White Leather Viper Club at Dalston Superstore
117 Kingsland High Street
E8 2PB London, UK
9PM - 2:3oPM
Friday September 5 - BERLIN - Gegen at KitKatClub
Köpenicker Str. 76, 10179 Berlin, Germany
Our next 4 reissues coming out in mid and late September!
DE-073 Kirlian Camera - Uno LP + flexi disc (Sept 17)
DE-074 impLOG - Holland Tunnel Dive 12" (Sept 17)
DE-075 V/A - Bay Area Retrograde (BART) Vol 2 LP (Sept 30)
DE-076 Tom Ellard - 80s Cheesecake LP (Sept 30)