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Dead Pets, Old Griefs

by Interbellum

Distortion 02:13
Another Day 02:54
First Light 03:05
Ink 03:18
PQRST 03:30
For Air 02:41
Some Ghosts 03:00


Interbellum is the musical project of Lebanese singer-songwriter Karl Mattar. Formed in 2015, the project sees him working alongside multi-instrumentalist and producer Fadi Tabbal and other musicians from the Beirut music scene. Prior to the creation of Interbellum, Mattar released folk albums under the moniker Charlie Rayne. 2014’s "Wider Waters" saw him move to Berlin and embark on a 40-date tour in Europe, before returning to Beirut to launch Interbellum. Interbellum’s debut "Now Try Coughing" featured lo-fi guitar-driven songs recorded live to cassette. It was recorded and self-released in 2016.

"Dead Pets, Old Griefs" is the band’s second full-length album, and expands the band’s palette considerably, adding synthesizers, samples and electronics to the mix. The album 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 in on itself. The record plays like a broken music box, its kaleidoscopic melodic songs disjointed and smeared by noise, dissonance and processed sounds.

Read Scene Noise's review, by Fady Adel:

'Dead Pets Old Griefs' featured in Arab News' Top Alternative Albums of 2018 From The Arab World, in December 2018:

Interbellum featured in GQ's Arab Bands You Need to Stream Right Now, in September 208:


released October 5, 2018

Karl Mattar - vocals, guitar, synthesizer, bass, glockenspiel
Fadi Tabbal - synthesizer, bass, guitar, drums, samples
Marwan Tohme - bass (5, 7, 8, 10), guitar (7, 10), drums (8)
Julia Sabra - vocals, synthesizer (2, 5)
Pascal Semerdjian - drums (2, 4, 5, 10)
Camille Cabbabe - guitar (4)

Songs by Karl Mattar.
Recorded and mixed by Fadi Tabbal at Tunefork Studios, Beirut.
Produced by Fadi Tabbal and Karl Mattar.
Mastered by Lopazz at Mixmastering, Berlin.

Original drawing by Karl Matttar. Design by Josette Khalil.

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Ruptured Records Beirut, Lebanon

Ruptured Records was founded in 2008 by DJ and radio host Ziad Nawfal and sound engineer & studio owner Fadi Tabbal, as an outlet for their activities as producers and promoters in Beirut. Ruptured releases music by artists from Lebanon and the MENA region in a variety of formats - with a strong focus on experimental rock and leftfield electronic music. ... more

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