Ruptured Album Release // ELYSE TABET with Pascal Semerdjian and Yara Asmar // LOW TOMS BRIGHT BELLS AND DARKEST SPELLS

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 Spells is 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.



Out on December 02, 2022.

Listen/Order at Ruptured


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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) – 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


Ziad Nawfal Guest Mix for Radio Alhara // 16 June 2021

Ziad Nawfal’s monthly mix for Radio Alhara in Bethlehem – Music from Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Switzerland, Canada and the USA:

  1. Postcards – Home Is So Sad
  2. Twyn Towers – Ave Pariah
  3. Préfaces – El Jaguar
  4. Wake Island – Sleep 2.0
  5. Pomme Rouge – Honey Crisp (Etyen Rework)
  6. Rise 1969 – Vah Naboris (Etyen Remix)
  7. Tryangle Man – Esmeray
  8. Yasmine Hamdan – Al Jamilat (Matias Aguayo Remix)
  9. Liliane Chlela – Moukassarat
  10. Jana Saleh – Al Atlal (Om Kalthoum Rework) [excerpt]
  11. Kamilya Jubran & Werner Hasler – Wa Part 1 [excerpt]
  12. Praed Orchestra! – Mirage 72
  13. Nadah el Shazly – Barzakh
  14. Maurice Louca – The Palm Of A Ghost (feat. Nadah el Shazly)
  15. Rêves Sonores – Seers Theme

POSTCARDS // 2nd Ruptured Session // 26 Jan 2018

For our second “Ruptured Session” of 2018, we were thrilled to welcome in the studios of Radio Liban 96.2FM Lebanese band POSTCARDS, consisting for this particular occasion of Julia Sabra (guitar & vocals), Marwan Tohme (guitar & backing vocals), and Pascal Semerdjian (synth & backing vocals). The three musicians spoke at length about the making of their most recent release “I’ll be here in the morning” (T3 Records + Ruptured, 2018), presented some of their favorite tracks, and performed two songs from the album.


(2016 end-of-year lists) – POSTCARDS

We asked some of our musician friends and collaborators to tell us about their 10 favorite albums of 2016.

POSTCARDS / RANY BECHARA

Capitão Fausto – Capitão Fausto Têm os Dias Contados
Cass McCombs – A Folk Set Apart
Alex Cameron – Jumping The Shark
Ghost – Meliora
Syd Arthur – Apricity
Dungen – Allas Sak
Knifeworld – Bottled Out Of Eden
Whitney – Light Upon The Lake
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Tame Impala – Currents
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POSTCARDS / PASCAL SEMERDJIAN

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
Okervill River – Away
Angel Olsen – My Woman
Mitski – Puberty 2
Fadi Tabbal – How’s Annie
Interbellum – Now Try Coughing
William Tyler – Modern Country
Amber Arcades – Fading Lines
Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Denial
Whitney – Light Upon The Lake
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Kevin Morby – Singing Saw
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POSTCARDS / MARWAN TOHME

Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Whitney – Light Upon The Lake
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell
David Bowie – Blackstar
Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
Survive – RR7349
Aphex Twin – Cheetah
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POSTCARDS / JULIA SABRA

Angel Olsen – My Woman
Alex Cameron – Jumping The Shark
Mitski – Puberty 2
PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project
Interbellum – Now Try Coughing
Whitney – Light Upon The Lake
Kevin Morby – Singing Saw
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
Julie Byrne – Rooms With Walls And Windows
Fadi Tabbal – How’s Annie


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(2014 end-of-year lists) – POSTCARDS

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014…
Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release

POSTCARDS

Julia Sabra

In no particular order:

Vashti Bunyan – Lookaftering (2005)
Vashti Bunyan – Just Another Diamond Day (1970)
Beach House – Bloom (2012)
Belle & Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister (1996)
Belle & Sebastian – Tigermilk (1996)
Nick Drake – Pink Moon (1972)
Other Lives – Tamer Animals (2011)
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues (2010)
Luluc – Passerby (2014)
The Walkmen – You & Me (2008)

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Pascal Semerdjian

In no particular order:

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Other Lives – Tamer Animals
Nick Drake – Pink Moon
Luluc – Passerby
The Tallest Man On Earth – Shallow Grave
The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream
Vashti Bunyan – Lookafterings
Fleet Foxes- S/t
J. Tillman – Vacilando Territory Blues
Animal Collective & Vashti Bunyan – Prospect Hummer EP

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Rany Bechara

In no particular order:

Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights
Foals – Holy Fire
Other Lives – Tamer Animals
Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Belle & Sebastian – Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant
Sigur Ros – Takk

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Marwan Tohme

In no particular order:

Nick Drake – Pink Moon
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Other Lives – Tamer Animals
The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream
The Walkmen – Lisbon
Pentangle – Basket Of Light
Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me
Simon & Garfunkel – Wednesday Morning, 3AM
Jackson C. Frank – Jackson C. Frank
The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead

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POSTCARDS // 1st Ruptured Session // 11 Nov 2013

Lebanese up-and-coming folk band POSTCARDS were the guests of Ruptures on Monday 11 November 2013, for an interview and some exclusive live performances. The band released its first EP, “Lakehouse”, during the summer of 2013. Their line-up for this session consisted of Julia Sabra (vocals, ukulele & guitar), Marwan Tohme (guitar & vocals), Rani Bechara (bass & backing vocals) and Pascal Semerdjian (drums & backing vocals).

Listen:
Ruptures Postcards (part 1) + Ruptures Postcards (part 2)


[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]

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