Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Interbellum creates lush psychedelic waves of romance on "Ready To Dissolve" from the album "Dead Pets, Old Griefs"

Ready To Dissolve off of Interbellum's current album "Dead Pets, Old Griefs" has a wonderful sense of romance and a dream like quality that evokes (to me) 70's Brit pop tones in such a sweet way.  Sonically lush with effected guitars painting pretty pictures. Psychedelic music breaks take the song down enchanted rabbit holes. 

Interbellum is the project of Lebanese singer- songwriter Karl Mattar (aka Charlie Rayne).   Formed in 2015, the project sees him working alongside multi-instrumentalist and producer Fadi Tabbal and other musicians from the Beirut music scene. Interbellum started as a lo-fi rock outfit and later expanded into more trippy sounds. 

Robb Donker


The album, recorded in Fadi Tabbal's Tunefork Studios in Beirut, features 10 songs that revolve around themes of memory, time, childhood, and loss. Apocalyptic imagery - real, imagined and figurative - permeates the album, and the instrumentation follows suit, warping, distorting and folding on itself. The record plays like a broken music box, its kaleidoscopic melodic songs disjointed and smeared by noise, dissonance and processed sounds. "Ready To Dissolve", one of the softer tracks on the album, features members of Lebanese dream-pop band Postcards (Julia Sabra on synth and vocals, Marwan Tohme on bass and Pascal Semerdjian on drums).

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