Murur Al​-​Kiram

by Kinematik

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"Murur Al-Kiram" marks a departure from Kinematik's previous record "Ala’", both sonically and musically. Mixing the pastoral and the industrial, the record relies on techno-based percussion beats, nostalgic melodies, intricate double drum interplay and ambient soundscapes, deconstructed and reconstructed time and time again. The tracks are subtle in their angst as well as their joy, celebrating small victories in face of great defeats and echoing the band’s conflicted mindset towards life in their country and community.

The intent was to make a record that would sound like a single travelling shot, beginning with the musicians’ childhood in their hometown, to their enduring the horrendously corrupt state of political affairs Lebanon finds itself in today, until they are buried back in their place of birth; realizing in the process how slight and remote Lebanon is, as a country; and how little they, as individuals and a community, are. "Murur Al-Kiram" is the story of an important chapter in the band’s history, one marked by uncertainty and hesitation, yet solid and vibrant in spite of the latter.

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released February 28, 2020

Written and performed by Kinematik: Rudy Ghafari, Akram Hajj, Roy Khazen and Anthony Sahyoun.
Additional drums by Teddy Tawil.

Produced by Kinematik and Fadi Tabbal.
Recorded and mixed by Fadi Tabbal at Tunefork Studios, Beirut, Lebanon, with assistance from Marwan Tohme.
Mastered by Lopazz at Mixmastering, Berlin.

Photography by Joe Saade. Album design by Elie Mouhanna.

A collaborative release from Ruptured (Beirut) and Beacon Sound (Portland).
RPTD 026 / BNSD046

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Ruptured Records Beirut, Lebanon

Based in Beirut, indie label Ruptured produces and releases music by Lebanese artists in a variety of formats - with a strong focus on experimental rock and electronic music.

Ruptured was founded in 2008 by DJ and radio host Ziad Nawfal, and sound engineer and producer Fadi Tabbal from Tunefork Studios, as an outlet for their activities as music producers and promoters in Beirut.
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