Featuring artists from Lebanon, Egypt, Armenia, France, Canada & the USA
1. Heroes & Villains: Snake and feather (lb)
2. Cosmic Analog Ensemble: S’aventurer (lb)
3. Interbellum: Another day (lb)
4. The New Year: Snow (us)
5. Kid Fourteen: Blood-thick silence (lb)
6. Toni Geitani: Raboukom (lb)
7. Aya Metwalli: Manyaka (eg)
8. Nadah el-Shazly: Afqid ad dakhira (eg)
9. El Rass & Munma: Return of the penguin (lb)
10. Khoum: Sem (am)
11. Marc Codsi: Invocation 1 (lb)
12. The Bunny Tylers: Hello your grace (lb)
13. Oiseaux-Tempete & The Bunny Tylers: The little-known ending fading away (fr/lb)
14. Dwarfs Of East Agouza: Rats don’t eat synthesizers (us/eg/ca)
Lebanese musicians Mayaline Hage and Marc Codsi, from electro-rock duo LUMI, were the guests of Ruptures for an interview covering various aspects of their respective music careers, as well as preparations for their upcoming concert at Metro al-Madina.
SCRAMBLED EGGS: Dedicated To Foes Celebrating Friends (Incognito, 2009)
Hot on the heels of the haunted soundtrack they’ve created for the Joreige/Hadjithomas film ‘Je Veux Voir’, Lebanese punk icons Scrambled Eggs end their busy year with this “modest” 2-song release, which does however hold a host of surprises.
The year 2008 saw the Eggs part ways with their guitarist, Marc Codsi, an active contributor to the band’s sound since 2001. Codsi’s tumultuous departure, in addition to the wealth of experience gathered from working with various musicians throughout the year, infiltrate the tracks featured here, and lend them a primal, DIY quality. The sophistication of the ‘Je Veux Voir’ soundtrack is eschewed in favor of a raw, abrasive sound, harking back to the punk aesthetic of the ‘Happy Together Filthy Forever’ EP, released in 2006.
The single was recorded with little budget, in lo-fi conditions that seep through the music and lyrics. The band, reduced to the core trio of Haber on guitar and vocals, Elieh on bass, and Rizkallah on drums, displays a frantic desire to land back on its feet after a period of artistic self-doubt, and succeeds in doing so admirably. Of the six or seven songs that the Eggs wrote and tested on the road in September 2008, 2 were selected for this single release, and a third, a furious cover of Abba’s ‘Lay All Your Love On Me’, is hidden at the far end of the CD. Also hidden away at the far reaches of this release are a selection of musical snippets and oddities, selected by band-leader Charbel Haber with able help from Tunefork Studio’s maestro Fadi Tabbal.
This basic, back-to-the-roots package is a masterful way to end a difficult year, and an able return to form from one of the most revered band on Beirut’s alternative music scene.
I asked the main actors of this here blog (mostly musicians, of course, but also friends, family, support-givers…) to provide me with a list (5 to 20 albums) of their favorite records of the year.
The results are slowly coming in. There are surprises, resemblances, similarities, incongruous choices… I’ve left the responses intact, exactly as I received them, along with my friends’ comments. So here goes:
Marc Codsi: musician (Lumi)
“Voici donc un top 10 tout frais
J”ai rajoute un ptit commentaire sur certains, tu peux les enlever si tu preferes…”
-10-Ra Ra Riot: ‘The Rhumb Line’ (A very pleasant Album to listen to on repeat)
-9-Leila: Blood, Looms and Blooms
-8-Sigu Rus: með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
-7-Vampire Week end-Vampire Week end (Who would have thought that African inspired Rock can become Mainstream!)
6-Max Richter: ’24 postcards In Full colors’ (which is actually not an album but a collection of Ringtones!!)
-5-Goldfrapp: Seventh Tree
-4-Beck-Modern Guilt (has served good purpose)
-3-The Ting tings: We invented nothing (Indeed but it’s so good)
-2-MGMT: Oracular Spectacular (Definitely the discovery of 2008! thank you Brooklyn)
-1-Portishead: Three (it’s very rare that an album like that comes out nowadays, every three to five year maybe in my opinion)
Oh, and for the latest offering from Lumi, check out the following link: