Adapting a novel to produce a concept album has been a dream of Minizza's ever since their formation in 2000.
So when French national radio station France Culture asked the band to produce a radio drama for the legendary Atelier de Création Radiophonique, they took the opportunity to adapt Joris-Karl Huysmans’s masterpiece À Rebours (Against Nature, 1884), the ultimate example of "decadent" literature they’ve been worshiping since their teenage years.
This work led to the third album of the band which combines elements of « Hörspiele », real songs, and experimental music.
Huysmans's words are never referenced directly yet they form the basis for the transformation into their lyrical interpretation. The goal was to recreate the atmosphere of the novel.
À Rebours is without a doubt the most ambitious and successfully completed album of the band.
released September 24, 2013
Lyrics By – Franck Marguin
Music By – Franck Marguin, Geoffroy Montel, Rainier Lericolais
Alto Saxophone – Daniel Palomo Vinuesa
Backing Vocals – Geoffroy Montel
Baritone Saxophone – Daniel Palomo Vinuesa
Bass Guitar – Geoffroy Montel, Olivier Cavaillé
Cello – Olivier Cavaillé
Clarinet – Geoffroy Montel
Computer – Geoffroy Montel, Rainier Lericolais
Drums – Etienne Bonhomme
Guitar – Nicolas Jorio
Percussion – Geoffroy Montel, Rainier Lericolais
Piano – David Sanson, Pierre-Yves Macé
Positive Organ – Franck Marguin, Rainier Lericolais
Vibraphone – Geoffroy Montel
Voice – Franck Marguin
Mastered By – Denis Blackham
Music Video - Pierrick Servais
Recorded at Radio France, Studio 118 in march and april 2011 by Manon Houssin, Bernard Lagnel and Jean-Benoit Tetu.
Additional recordings and mixes at Minizza and DTD Studios by Rainier Lericolais & Geoffroy Montel.
Produced by L'Atelier de Création Radiophonique, France Culture : Marie Dalquie, Philippe Langlois, Gilles Mardirossian, Frank Smith.