Ziad Nawfal for Radio Alhara – Beacon Sound Takeover // 21 September 2022

Indie labels Ruptured and Beacon Sound have worked together since 2015, and we released our 6th collaboration in October 2022: Lebanese musicians Julia Sabra and Fadi Tabbal’s first full-length album Snakeskin.

For the occasion, we invited Andrew from Beacon Sound to take over our monthly residency at Radio Alhara. His mix showcases 3 tracks from this new album by Fadi and Julia, as well as excerpts from his label’s recent releases.

1. Rishin Singh – Saboteur (Edit)
2. Patricia Wolf – A Conversation With My Innocence
3. Location Services & Derek Hunter-Wilson – Strand
4. Julia Sabra & Fadi Tabbal – Signs
5. Fadi Tabbal – The Death Of Strangers
6. Justin Wright – Morning Is A Stray Thread
7. Rauelsson & Tatu Rönkkö – Kuvakudos
8. Location Services & Derek Hunter Wilson – Delicate Need (Starlight Assembly Remix)
9. Anthony Sahyoun – Heritage
10. Julia Sabra & Fadi Tabbal – One By One
11. Carlos Ferreira – Aimless Wandering
12. Dolphin Midwives – Idyll
13. Dominic Voz – City Currach
14. Sontag Shogun x Lau Nau – Hidas Laulu
15. Julia Sabra & Fadi Tabbal – In Our Garden
16. Yara Asmar – Thanks For Coming



Ruptured + Beacon Sound Album Release // JULIA SABRA AND FADI TABBAL // Snakeskin

Arriving October 14, 2022:
SNAKESKIN is the first full-length by mainstays of the Lebanese music scene JULIA SABRA and FADI TABBAL. Snakeskin marks the sixth collaboration between Ruptured and Portland-based indie label Beacon Sound, and is the second release in our Corrosion Series, following Anthony Sahyoun’s solo album Proof By Infinite Descent in 2021.

Snakeskin was born in the aftermath of the August 4 2020 port explosion in Beirut, which decimated several of the city’s neighborhoods – it is a reflection on what it means to feel at home in a place where “there is no rebirth, no renewal,” as the artists put it. Shapeshifting above ambient and industrial undercurrents, the album is visionary electronic dream pop, utilizing tape loops, synthesizers, vocals, and drum machines, combining Julia’s pop-inspired melodies and choral roots (an echo from her religious upbringing) with Fadi’s affinity for minimalism and musique concrète.

“The moon speaks in tongues we can’t discern / A plastic dove hangs from a cypress branch / Haven’t you heard? / Nothing grows here anymore / The air is burnt / Nothing grows…”

Recorded by Fadi Tabbal, mixed by Sary Moussa and Fadi at Tunefork Studios in Beirut. Drum samples by Pascal Semerdjian. Cover photo by Lujain Jo + graphic design by Josette ‘ZOoz’ Khalil. Mastered by Rashad Becker.



Out on October 14, 2022 as a limited vinyl edition + digital release.

Buy/Listen at Ruptured
Buy/Listen at Beacon Sound


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(2021 end-of-year lists) – MHAMAD SAFA

It had been a while (five good years actually) since we’d done this, so we went ahead and asked the musicians whom we worked with this year in some respect or other, to tell us about their favorite albums of 2021.

MHAMAD SAFA

– aya: im hole
– Tim Hecker: The North Water (Original Score)
– Rian Treanor: Obstacle Scattering EP
– Anthony Sahyoun: Proof by Infinite Descent
– ZULI: All Caps
– NP: Lattices 
– Jerusalem In My Heart: Qalaq
– Caterina Barbieri: Fantas Variations
– Msylma & Ismael: The Tenets of Forgetting 
– Lorraine James: Reflection


(2021 end-of-year lists) – SARY MOUSSA

It had been a while (five good years actually) since we’d done this, so we went ahead and asked the musicians whom we worked with this year in some respect or other, to tell us about their favorite albums of 2021.

SARY MOUSSA

Lucy Railton & Kit Downes: Subaerial
FUJI||||||||||TA: Tsu Tsu 
Jerusalem In My HeartQalaq 
Demdike StareDrum Machines 
Mark Fell & Will GuthrieInfoldings/Diffractions 
Olivia BlockInnocent Passage in The Territorial Sea
aya: im hole
– Anthony Sahyoun: Proof by Infinite Descent
Leila BordreuilNot An Elegy 
Loraine James: Reflection 

Continuation & previously released tracks listened to in 2021:

– JLZ & LYCOX: UH UH BALANCOU
– Nour Al Houda: Ya Jarat al Wadi 
– Abou Baker Salim: Ya Hamel al Athqal 
Jessica Moss: Opened Ending 
Mohammad Reza Mortazavi: Ritme Jaavdanegi 
– Unknown Singer: Teir Al Hamami (Originally sung by Mehad Hamad) / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cArefgHje6s
EartheaterPhoenix: La Petite Mort Édition
Two or The DragonDance Grooves For The Weary EP 
PowellPiano Music 1-7 
Claire Rousay: A Softer Focus 
Lee GambleFlush Real Pharynx 2019-2021
Marie Davidson & L’Œil Nu: Renegade Breakdown Remixes 
– Kinematik: Ensemble 1: Al Jadi
– Liliane Chlela: Safala


(2021 end-of-year lists) – CEDRIK FERMONT

It had been a while (five good years actually) since we’d done this, so we went ahead and asked the musicians whom we worked with this year in some respect or other, to tell us about their favorite albums of 2021.

CEDRIK FERMONT

– Tongue Depressor: Fiddle Music [vol. 7]
– Aisha Orazbayeva: Slow Change
– Dave Phillips: A Collection of Excuses
– Rastko Lazic: Sketches
– Leider: A Fog Like Liars Loving
– The Pond: Turchesi Miracolosi
– Pé: As Honor Was on Its Last Leg
– Various Artists: Noise à Noise 21​.​1
– Various Artists: Istimrar Phase 1
– Various Artists: We Continue on Our Journey Through the Universe


(2021 end-of-year lists) – ELYSE TABET

It’s been a while (five good years actually) since we’ve done this, and so we’ve gone ahead and asked the musicians whom we worked with this year in some respect or other, to tell us about their favorite albums of 2021.

ELYSE TABET

– Nala Sinephro: Space 1.8
– Eliane Radigue: Opus 17
– HU: Nightworks
– Liliane Chlela: Safala
– Anthony Sahyoun: Proof by Infinite Descent
– 33EMYBW: Arthropods
– Actress: Karma & Desire
– Dirty Bird: Virginia Creeper
– Low: HEY WHAT
– The Distance: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs


(2021 end-of-year lists) – JANA SALEH

It’s been a while (five good years actually) since we’ve done this, and so we’ve gone ahead and asked the musicians whom we worked with this year in some respect or other, to tell us about their favorite albums of 2021.

JANA SALEH

– Senyawa: Alkisah
– Liliane Chlela: Safala
– Jerusalem In My Heart: Qalaq
– Anthony Sahyoun: Proof by Infinite Descent
– Various Artists: Istimrar Phase 1
– Postcards: After the Fire, Before the End
– Prefaces: Hippodrome


(2021 end-of-year lists) – FADI TABBAL

It’s been a while (five good years actually) since we’ve done this, and so we’ve gone ahead and asked the musicians whom we worked with this year in some respect or other, to tell us about their favorite albums of 2021.

FADI TABBAL

– Grouper: Shade
– Dolphin Midwives: Body of Water
– Low: HEY WHAT
– Postcards: After the Fire, Before the End
– Kinematik: Ensemble 1: Al Jadi
– Anthony Sahyoun: Proof by Infinite Descent
– Jessica Moss: Phosphenes
– Olivia Block: Innocent Passage in The Territorial Sea
– Squid: Bright Green Field
– Benoit Pioulard: Bloodless


(2021 end-of-year lists) – POSTCARDS

It’s been a while (five good years actually) since we’ve done this, and so we’ve gone ahead and asked the musicians whom we worked with this year in some respect or other, to tell us about their favorite albums of 2021.

POSTCARDS 

– Anthony Sahyoun: Proof Of Infinite Descent
– Kinematik: Ensemble 1: Al Jadi
– Juana Molina: Segundo (21st Anniversary)
– Dolphin Midwives: Body of Water
– Beach House: Once Twice Melody
– Grouper: Shade
– Jessica Moss: Phosphenes
– Ben Shemie: 303 Diary
– Squid: Bright Green Field
– Low: HEY WHAT


Ruptured + Beacon Sound Album Release // ANTHONY SAHYOUN // Proof By Infinite Descent

ARRIVING NOVEMBER 19:
First solo album by Lebanese musician Anthony Sahyoun, marking the launch of the ‘Corrosion Series’ by Ruptured Records in Beirut and Beacon Sound in Portland.

After making a name for himself over the last decade in Beirut’s vibrant contemporary music scene, Anthony Sahyoun unveils his solo debut, the evocative and atmospheric Proof By Infinite Descent. Using guitar, synthesizer and voice, Sahyoun tackles themes of mourning, accidental prophecy, and the new holy trinity of God, Capitalism, and Technology – all while mining the seams of experimental electronica and gravity-defying ambient music. Restless, haunting, at times breathtakingly beautiful, this is an album that seeks to rattle cages rather than soothe the comfortable.

Anthony Sahyoun co-founded instrumental rock outfit Kinematik in 2015, in the remote village of Reyfoun in the Lebanese mountains. To this day, the band has released three full-length albums entitled Ala’ (Ruptured, 2017), Murur Al-Kiram (Beacon Sound/Ruptured, 2020) and Al Jadi (Ruptured/Annihaya, 2021).
As a solo artist, Sahyoun works on electronic processing of acoustic elements, programming, drone and ambient music – his music has been described as “apocalyptic, rich and emotionally charged.” His first EP, Post Coital Tristesse, was released under the moniker Mme Chandelier by Ruptured in 2016.



Proof By Infinite Descent is the first installment in the “Corrosion Series”, a new project by longtime collaborators Ruptured and Beacon Sound that aims to showcase Beirut’s blast-resistant music scene, while building cultural connective tissue in a time of institutional corrosion.
To accompany the release of the album, Beacon Sound and Ruptured have commissioned two remixes of key album tracks, from Beirut-based producer Sary Moussa and Portland-based producer Amulets. Both remixes will be given away as bonus tracks with the purchase of the full album.

Limited transparent vinyl edition + digital release by Ruptured Records & Beacon Sound.

Order from Ruptured (ships from Europe) HERE
Order from Beacon Sound (ships from the US) HERE


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