Arriving December 2nd, 2022: Acclaimed Lebanese producer Elyse Tabet’s first full-length release for Ruptured, featuring rising talent Yara Asmar and seasoned sessionist Pascal Semerdjian from shoegaze trio Postcards.
ELYSE TABET is a Lebanese audiovisual artist and electronic musician. She works with recorded and synthesized sound to create electro-acoustic landscapes and deconstructed rhythmics, drawing her inspiration from musique concrète, ambient, industrial electronica, dub and garage beats. Elyse began working in the field of audiovisual interaction in the early 2000s, mainly as a videographer for live performances and DJ sets. She has collaborated on projects with electronic producer Jawad Nawfal, drummer and producer Nabil Saliba, electronic musician Yangfan Li, video artist Maureen Castera, and Lisbon-based artist and curator Violeta Lisboa. Elyse is a co-founder of the Beirut Synthesizer Center.
Low Toms Bright Bells and Darkest Spellsis Elyse’s third release, following Newfound Grids on Berlin-based Syrphe in 2013 and Coast on Beirut-based label VV-VA in 2020, the latter a duo with Lebanese musician Jawad Nawfal.
Music composed by Elyse Tabet with Yara Asmar and Pascal Semerdjian. Recorded in December 2021 and January 2022 by Fadi Tabbal at Tunefork Studios, Beirut. Mixed and produced by Elyse Tabet, with additional mixing by Fadi Tabbal. Mastered by Cedrik Fermont at Syrphe, Berlin.
Ziad Nawfal’s monthly mix for Movement Radio in Athens, featuring music from Lebanon and the UK. This mix was commissioned and produced by Onassis Cultural Center, and presented for the first time in the frame of MOVEMENT RADIO.
1. Julia Sabra & Fadi Tabbal – Roots [LB]
2. Yara Asmar – Numbers Don’t Make Good Friends [LB]
3. Jad Atoui & Jawad Nawfal – Reading 1 [LB]
4. Marc Codsi – Finding Home [LB]
5. Postcards – Keep the Elephant in The Room (with Serge Yared) [LB]
6. Elyse Tabet – We Slept Through the Day [LB]
7. Xlmxkhfi – Movement Song [LB]
8. Fadi Tabbal – Are Aquariums Moral [LB]
9. Marc Codsi – Hangar #12 [LB]
10. Xlmxkhfi – Black Beach [LB]
11. Postcards – Kozo [LB]
12. Mayssa Jallad & Khaled Allaf – Madina Min Baeed [LB]
13. Stress Distress – Different Currencies [LB]
14. Muslimgauze & The Rootsman – Fuck Yitzhak Rabin / Fuck Ehud Olmert [UK]
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
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 Descentin 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.
Ziad Nawfal’s monthly mix for Movement Radio in Athens, featuring music from Lebanon, Egypt, and Belgium. This mix was commissioned and produced by Onassis Cultural Center, and presented for the first time in the frame of MOVEMENT RADIO.
Ziad Nawfal’s monthly mix for Movement Radio in Athens, featuring music from Egypt, Palestine, and Lebanon. This mix was commissioned and produced by Onassis Cultural Center, and presented for the first time in the frame of MOVEMENT RADIO.
Préfaces – El Jaguar [LB]
Kinematik – Al Kafila [LB]
Fadi Tabbal – And Then… [LB]
Postcards – Angel [LB]
Serge Yared – Deliberate Depression [LB]
Maurice Louca – El-Gullashah (Foul Tongue) [EG]
Raed Yassin – A Fistful Of Stardust [LB]
Muqata’a – Ikmal إِكمَال [PS]
Jawad Nawfal – Nawa Athar 0 [LB/EG]
Stéphanie Merchak – my eyes are bleeding green rivers [LB]
Jad Atoui – The Last Bloom [LB]
Thoom – Re-Trace [LB]
Tarkamt – Outer Gateways [EG]
Daou – Sauldre [LB]
FRKTL – Sidereal II [EG]
Saint Abdullah – Sound, Sound, And Only Sound [IR]
Mayssa Jallad & Khaled Allaf – Madina Min Baeed [LB]
This mix was commissioned by Movement Athens for its radio festival “Exploring Mediterranean Futures” [Feb. 15-19, 2022], a 5-day radio festival focused on the sounds of the Mediterranean, searching for geographical and chronological connections through its culture, ideas and people.
Ziad Nawfal’s mix presents music recorded by various artists and bands from Beirut’s indie and experimental music scenes, between 2010 and 2021. A few of the tracks were officially released in some form or another, some of them are early drafts and demos, and a couple consist of live sessions recorded during Nawfal’s 35-year tenure at Beirut’s crumbling government station Radio Liban.
Fadi Tabbal – After the Fire, Before the End [Unreleased]
Charbel Haber & Sary Moussa – And Yet Another Romance on A Sinking Ship [V/A The Drone Sessions Vol. 1]
Scrambled Eggs & A Trio – Beach Party at Mirna el Chalouhi (Diamond Setter’s Rework) [Unreleased]
The Art of Boo – BoomKaboom [Unreleased]
Safa – Dominant Gene [V/A Lost Archives]
Jad Atoui – FDBCK [Unreleased]
Tres Milliones Dolares – Jon Black [V/A Anthology of Electroacoustic Lebanese Music]
Ziad Moukarzel – Questions of Worry [V/A Anthology of Electroacoustic Lebanese Music]
Coinciding with the release of Lebanese musician and producer Fadi Tabbal’s new album MUSIC FOR THE LONELY Vol.2 by Lebanese indie label Ruptured, Ziad Nawfal’s monthly mix for Ma3azef consisted exclusively of tracks by Fadi Tabbal, both from his solo and various group projects.
Fadi Tabbal – Woolgathering (2013)
The Bunny Tylers – While Her Blood Screams His Name (2016)
Stress Distress – What Children Dream About (2019)
Scrambled Eggs – SE + SS, MK & FT (2010)
Under The Carpet – Rock Bottom (2015)
Fadi Tabbal – The Quiet Earth (2013)
Stress Distress – Night [Theme from Days of Gone 2] (2016)
Fadi Tabbal – The New and Improved Guide to Birdwatching Vol.2 (2020)
Fadi Tabbal – Music for Circles (2018)
Fadi Tabbal – How’s Annie (Edit) (2016)
Fadi Tabbal – Crystal Palace (2015)
The Bunny Tylers – Contact Transfer Stains (2016)
Fadi Tabbal – Ceremony by The Sea (2020)
Fadi Tabbal – Snow Scene [with Ghassan Sahhab] (2022)
LANDING JANUARY 28:
Lebanese composer, musician & producer Fadi Tabbal continues his ambient explorations on Music for the Lonely Vol.2 (2019-2021), a selection of recordings from live, film and dance performances.
Music for the Lonely Vol.2 (2019-2021) is Fadi Tabbal’s sixth solo release and the second in his “Music for the Lonely” series. Where Volume 1 was purely guitar-based, this album sees Tabbal working almost exclusively with synthesizers and tape loops. The tracks are an exploration of controlled randomness in music composition, while still dealing with the recurrent theme of alienation present in all of his work.
Written, recorded, mixed and performed by Fadi Tabbal at Tunefork Studios, Beirut.
Mastered by Ziad Moukarzel, Jason Powers and Cedrik Fermont.
Picture by Fadi Tabbal. Design by Josette Khalil.
Digital release + limited edition cassette, exclusive to Ruptured’s Bandcamp page.
Lebanese musician, producer, and sound engineer Fadi Tabbal’s body of work consists of ambient pieces using guitar, tape loops and synthesizer. He has released 5 solo albums since 2013, with his 6th Music for the Lonely Vol.2 due for release via Ruptured Records on 28 January 2022.
In addition to handling engineering and production tasks at Tunefork Studios which he founded in 2006, Tabbal is a specialist in sound conception and design. He has worked on a variety of projects, including sound and music installations for museums, theatre, and film. He is the technical director of Irtijal, Lebanon and the MENA region’s leading experimental music festival, since 2011.
Tabbal frequently collaborates with fellow ambient musician Charbel Haber, and the two of them have a new album coming out at the end of 2022 on French label Nahal. He is also currently working on an electronic duo with Postcards lead singer Julia Sabra. He was a member of several Lebanese indie bands, including The Bunny Tylers, The Incompetents, Scrambled Eggs and singer/songwriter Youmna Saba’s experimental oriental folk project. He has also recorded and produced some of the most renowned artists from the MENA region’s contemporary alternative and oriental music scenes.
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.