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.

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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.

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Ruptured Album Release // FADI TABBAL // Music For The Lonely Vol.2 (2019-2021)

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.

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ABOUT FADI TABBAL:

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.

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.

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Ruptured & Annihaya Double Album Release // CALAMITA + KINEMATIK

NEW FROM RUPTURED & ANNIHAYA ON AUGUST 18th.

Following their collaboration on the Lebanese vinyl edition of Senyawa’s “Alkisah” in February 2021, indie labels Annihaya and Ruptured are collaborating on two vinyl releases, to be released simultaneously in August 2021.

These are the 3rd album from Lebanese post-rock collective KINEMATIK, entitled “Al Jadi”, and the 2nd album from CALAMITA (the trio of guitarist Sharif Sehnaoui, bassist Tony Elieh and drummer Davide Zolli), entitled “Nemesis”.

Both albums were recorded and mixed by Fadi Tabbal at Tunefork Studios, Beirut.
Both albums were mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering, Montreal.
All artworks by Hatem Imam, Studio Safar.

Pre-order from Bandcamp HERE & HERE  

Calamita also available from AmazonAnghami + Apple Music + Deezer + Juno + Spotify
Kinematik also available from Amazon + Anghami + Apple Music + Deezer + Juno + Spotify 


Ruptured Album Release // NP [JAD ATOUI & ANTHONY SAHYOUN] // Lattices

NEW FROM RUPTURED ON JULY 8th.

The duo of Lebanese electronic producers Jad Atoui and Anthony Sahyoun releases LATTICES, its first album release of grainy, evocative ambient explorations.

LATTICES is concerned with the exploration of non-deterministic approaches to producing electronic music, based on improvised techniques using modular systems and synthesizers.

Performed and produced by Jad Atoui and Anthony Sahyoun at home during lockdown in Beirut, 2020.
Mixed by Anthony Sahyoun at Tunefork Studios, Beirut.
Mastered by Rafael Irisarri at Black Knoll Studios, NYC.
Artwork by Anthony Sahyoun.

Pre-order from Bandcamp HERE  

Also available from Amazon + Anghami + Apple Music + Deezer + Juno + Spotify 



Ruptured News // LUMEN PROJECT // BEIRUT MOON

LUMEN PROJECT // BEIRUT MOON – SATURDAY 13th of MARCH 2021
A longform experience with sound and image

Lumen Project (Sweden) will present performances by artists in Beirut, Lebanon // with a sonic + visual response from Malmö, Sweden featuring:
Albin // Jad Atoui // Vincent Bahar // Yasmine El Baramawy // Liliane Chlela // Nadia Daou (Nãr) // Tony Elieh // Charbel Haber // Mathias Landæus // Nathan Larson // Aya Metwalli // Ziad Moukarzel // Sary Moussa // Jawad Nawfal // Julia Sabra // Anthony Sahyoun // Sharif Sehnaoui // Fadi Tabbal // Elyse Tabet //

FREE FOR ALL — DONATIONS ARE APPRECIATED and will be shared among the participating artists

Initiated and realized by Lumen Project, in collaboration with Ruptured and Tunefork
Producers: Ziad Nawfal, Lina Enqvist, Maria Lyth, Erik Sandberg and Nathan Larson
Graphic design by Caroline Igel
Photography by Lujain Jo and Erik Sandberg
Editing by Erik Sandberg and Nathan Larson
With support from Musikverket

Ruptured Album Release // THE DRONE SESSIONS Vol. 1 – Live at Tunefork Studios

NEW FROM RUPTURED ON MARCH 19th.

The Drone Sessions vol. 1 – Live at Tunefork Studios
In partnership with Nathan Larson and Lumen Project (Stockholm)


Featuring brand new music from Fadi Tabbal & Julia SabraAnthony Sahyoun & Jad AtouiElyse Tabet & Jawad Nawfal Charbel Haber & Sary MoussaAya Metwalli & Nadia DaouSharif Sehnaoui & Tony EliehLiliane Chlela & Ziad Moukarzel.

Mastered by Cedrik Fermont at Syrphe, Berlin. Design by Nour Raad.

Order from Bandcamp HERE

Also available from BoomkatiTunes + Deezer + Spotify + Anghami


All photos by Lujain Jo at Tunefork Studios.
Both audio and video material is going to be the subject of a live broadcast by Lumen Project, on March 13, 2021.

Ziad Nawfal DJ Mix for Morphine x Beirut // 17 October 2020

The full, unedited version of Ziad Nawfal’s DJ set for the Morphine x Beirut fundraiser, organized by Morphine Records in Berlin, in collaboration with Irtijal, Ruptured, Frequent Defect, The Ballroom Blitz, Unsound and CTM:

1. Jerusalem In My Heart – A Granular Buzuk (feat. Sharif Sehnaoui) [LB]
2. Kid Fourteen – One Day I’m Gone [LB]
3. PanSTARRS – Khally Balak Hatmoot [EG]
4. MAKH – Abstract [LB]
5. Jad Atoui – Alpha 60 [LB]
6. Radiokvm – Aristophanes*213 [LB]
7. Monolake – Beirut [DE]
8. Morphosis – Wild in Captivity [LB]
9. Liliane Chlela – 2022 [LB]
10. DJ Haram – Overeager [US]
11. Aya Metwalli – Matkhafsh Menni [EG]
12. Rise 1969 – 3Jane Tessier-Ashpool [LB]
13. Lumi – To the Shore [LB]


Ruptured + Beacon Sound 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.

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