Ruptured Album Release // FADI TABBAL // Subject To Potential Errors And Distortions

Arriving October 23: the fifth solo album by Fadi Tabbal and the third collaboration between Ruptured Records in Beirut and Beacon Sound in Portland.

On Subject To Potential Errors And Distortions, Lebanese musician, producer and sound engineer Fadi Tabbal delves deeper into the theme of alienation in a suffocating city. Composed and conceived almost entirely at his home in Beirut during Covid-19 quarantine, the record is his most intimate yet. While his previous solo work consisted solely of guitar pieces, this time Tabbal adds tape loops, vocal samples and synthesizers to his sound palette in an attempt to convey the subjectivity of memory and our tendency to write and rewrite history according to the present. The result is seven pieces that veer between minimalism and ambient music akin to recent outings by Pan American’s Mark Nelson and mid-period Stars of the Lid. Three of the tracks feature the voice of Julia Sabra, singer for Beirut dream-pop group Postcards.

Fadi Tabbal has been one of the leading figures in the Beirut music scene for over a decade. He runs Tunefork Studios, a specialized work space which offers customized services including full band recordings, live sound, music production and composition; is a member of several musical projects including electronic duo Stress/Distress (with Anthony Sahyoun) and The Bunny Tylers (with Charbel Haber); has collaborated with Mike Cooper, Oiseaux-Tempête, Youmna Saba, Sary Moussa and Marc Codsi; has produced albums by Postcards, Kinematik and Safar; has recorded and mixed the entirety of Ziad Nawfal’s Ruptured Sessions live series; has done installations and sound design for numerous artists and institutions, including Lebanese art ensemble The Feel Collective, Nada Kano’s Beirut Dance Studio, Petra Serhal and The Sursock Museum; has performed soundtrack work for filmmakers Maher Abi-Samra, Rania Rafei, Roy Deeb, Chadi Aoun, Nadim Tabet, among others; has been the technical director of Irtijal Festival since 2011; and has taught sound at the Académie Libanaise Des Beaux-Arts since 2012.

Tabbal has released 4 solo albums since 2013, including How’s Annie (Ruptured, 2016) and Museum of Disappearing Buildings (Ruptured + Beacon Sound, 2017). Recently he’s been spearheading the #beirutmusiciansfund, an effort to help local musicians affected by the explosion at the Port of Beirut recoup some of their considerable losses. Not known: whether he ever sleeps.

Limited edition vinyl + digital release by Ruptured Records & Beacon Sound.
Wordwide distribution by Cargo Records UK.

Pre-order from Bandcamp HERE and from a whole lot of other nice places HERE


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Ruptured News // MUSIC RELIEF FOR BEIRUT #2: Amsterdam, Beirut, Portland

In the aftermath of the August 4th explosion in Beirut, which left several hundred people dead, thousands injured, and resulted in city-wide material damage, several labels and platforms have started releasing compilations in support of the crisis.

Amsterdam-based electronic label Modular Mind, headed by Lebanese musician Kujo, reduced the price of its discography by 80% (offering its whole catalog for a mere 10 euros). All resulting sales will be used to support families whose homes were devastated in the blast.

Buy Modular Mind‘s catalog here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


German musician Alfred 23 Harth, nowadays based in Seoul, donated to Beirut’s free improv label Al Maslakh Records an album entitled Neowise. The album consists of previously unreleased live recordings from A23H’s Gestalt Et Jive quartet, featuring Steve Beresford, Ferdinand Richard and Peter Hollinger. All sales of this digital album will be donated to Lebanese organizations providing relief to the victims of the Beirut explosion.

Watch “Gestalt Et Jive” here.
Buy Neowise here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Beirut-based dance label Diggers’ Delight Records released a ten-track compilation entitled Beirut Bounce Vol. 1 in June 2020. It features 10 artists from Beirut hailing from varied musical backgrounds, serving up a selection of house, techno and ambient grooves. All proceeds from digital sales will be donated to relief efforts in Beirut, following the devastating effects of the August 4th blast.

Buy Beirut Bounce Vol. 1 here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


For its 50th release, Portland-based label Beacon Sound released Points Of No Return, a compilation of unreleased tracks by artists who have worked with the label over the years in a variety of contexts. This 2 hour, 22-track compilation presents a diverse roster of artists operating in the field of contemporary electronic, ambient and indie music. All digital proceeds will be donated to Impact Lebanon, a nonprofit collecting funds for the relief and reconstruction efforts in Beirut.

Buy Points Of No Return here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press // Kinematik // The Wire Tapper #52

Lebanese post-rock quartet KINEMATIK released its gorgeous second album “Murur Al-Kiram” in February 2020, with Beirut-based label Ruptured and Portland-based label Beacon Sound. A track from this album is featured in The Wire Tapper #52, a promotional CD given away with the April 2020 issue of leading UK magazine The Wire.

This CD has been compiled by Shane Woolman, Astrud Steehouder and James Gormley and is packaged in a heavy duty card sleeve designed by The Wire’s art director Ben Weaver, and featuring artwork by Brian Lucas.  It contains a range of new, rare or exclusive tracks from across the spectrum of the kind of underground and outsider musics covered in The Wire.

LISTEN & DOWNLOAD:
https://www.thewire.co.uk/audio/the-wire-tapper/the-wire-tapper-52


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruptured Album Release // KINEMATIK // Murur Al-Kiram

Kinematik – Murur Al-Kiram
LP & Digital Release by Ruptured / Beacon Sound, 28 February 2020

“Murur Al-Kiram”, the new album by Lebanese post-rock ensemble Kinematik, uses electronics, intricate double-drumming, guitar and bass to construct ambient soundscapes and hypnotic, propulsive rhythms – conjuring the ghosts of a diminishing future, as well as an unresolved past. Subtle in both angst and joy, “Murur Al-Kiram” celebrates small victories in the face of great defeats.

Recorded by Fadi Tabbal at Tunefork Studios, Beirut, with assistance from Marwan Tohme.
Photography by Joe Saade.

Limited edition vinyl release by Ruptured Records [Beirut] & Beacon Sound [Portland].
Wordwide distribution by Cargo Records UK.

Buy from Bandcamp HERE and from a whole lot of other nice places HERE


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Ruptured Album Release // FADI TABBAL // Museum Of Disappearing Buildings

Fadi Tabbal – Museum of Disappearing Buildings
LP Release by Ruptured & Beacon Sound, October 2017 

Fadi Tabbal, guitarist with Lebanese alternative rock bands The Incompetents and The Bunny Tylers among many others, self-released his second solo album, “Museum of Disappearing Buildings”, in November 2015.

This album continues further the work of sound exploration through guitar treatments, which began with “On the Rooftop Looking Up” in 2013. While the young guitarist’s first album featured a finely-devised interaction of ambient soundscapes and John Fahey-inspired finger-picking acoustic meanderings, this second solo outing adopts a different approach: it relies on an interplay of ambient guitar drones and grainy electronics, which recalls to a degree the work of early Krautrock vanguard artists from the 1970’s, the leftfield exploration of British electro-acoustic practitioners from the mid-1970’s, as well as the radical works of American minimalist composers from the 1960’s.

Similarly to his first outing, Tabbal preferred a radical and direct approach to composition and recording, opting for the intimacy and self-reflection of home recordings, rather than the traditional environment of a recording studio. At the heart of the album, resides one unifying concept, which finds its way into the resulting musical bed: the sketches and impossible structures and urban configurations of Russian paper architects Brodsky and Utkin.

The album will be re-released in October 2017 in a limited vinyl edition of 300 copies, the result of a collaboration between Lebanese label Ruptured and Portland-based indie label Beacon Sound.


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Ruptured News // Sept-Oct 2017

SEPTEMBER 9
DJ set by Ziad Nawfal at Wickerpark Music Festival 2017

The 7th edition of this outstanding Lebanese festival, set on the shores of the coastal city of Batroun, will feature concerts by Alko B., The Bunny Tylers, Kinematik and Who Killed Bruce Lee, among others.

Facebook event here

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SEPTEMBER 9
The Bunny Tylers: “Chance Meetings”

Album launch by Ruptured during Wickerpark Festival 2017

Ruptured releases the CD version of this Lebanese duo’s (Charbel Haber and Fadi Tabbal) 2nd album, recorded by renowned French producer Benoit de Villeneuve during the summer of 2017.

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SEPTEMBER 13
Postcards: “I’ll Be Here In The Morning”
Album launch by Ruptured at Beirut Open Space

Ruptured is proud to welcome in its roster exemplary indie folk quartet Postcards, for the release of the CD version of its latest album. The launch will take place in recently-opened live venue Beirut Open Space, with a DJ set from Ziad Nawfal.

Facebook event here

Postcards


SEPTEMBER 22
I Am Not A Robot vol. II
DJ night at Yukunkun Club, Beirut

The 2nd installment of this high-octane techno event, featuring the talents of Tamira Soufic, Ziad Nawfal and Essabbagh.

[Visual by Maria Kassab]

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OCTOBER 1 
Munma / Mme Chandelier / Fadi Tabbal
Cinemix “The Woman One Longs For” at Metropolis Cinema

Ruptured, Metropolis and Goethe Institute Lebanon collaborate on this newly commissioned cinemix for Curtis Bernhardt’s classic film from 1929, featuring three of Lebanon’s most talented experimental musicians.


OCTOBER 2017
Fadi Tabbal: Museum of Disappearing Buildings
Album release by Beacon Sound and Ruptured

Lebanese guitarist and producer Fadi Tabbal‘s breathtaking 2nd solo record, initially self-released on CD in 2015, is made available on vinyl by Ruptured and USA-based label Beacon Sound.

Listen to an excerpt and read the review by Fractured Air:
https://fracturedair.com/2017/09/07/first-listen-crystal-palace-by-fadi-tabbal/

Fadi Tabbal