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Unholy Republic

by Jawad Nawfal [Munma]

Aegri Somnia 03:52
Engram 04:22
Broken Chime 04:35
Deep Down 04:37
Exodus 01:32


The third official release by Lebanese electronic artist Jawad Nawfal
sees him revisiting familiar themes and musical landscapes, while
displaying the possibility for some radical departures in the near
‘Unholy Republic’ is the third installment of what is commonly
referred to as the “Fate trilogy”, one that saw the day in the aftermath
of the war waged by Israel on Lebanon in summer 2006. The first two
releases, ‘34 Days’ and ‘Black Tuesday’, were marked by ominous
moods and atmospheres, sets of menacing clicks and glitches, and a
random selection of radio samples and speeches that conveyed
brilliantly the mind-set and feelings of the artist, regarding the crisis
at hand.
‘Unholy Republic’ picks up where ‘Black Tuesday’ left, with a rambling,
brooding track haunted by static, radio noise, and some politician’s
vehement preaching. This is followed by two tracks of subdued
electronica, reminiscent of Munma’s previous releases. ‘Engram’, in
particular, nods prominently towards South American musician
Murcof’s output for the Leaf label. The rest of the album is more
surprising, as Munma’s recent partner-in-crime, Nabil Saliba aka Trash
Inc, enters the fray, and contributes his supple synth-enhanced
melodies to ‘Broken Chime’ and ‘Deep Down’. These show a
different facet of Munma’s talent, and serve as a timely reminder that
Jawad Nawfal is equally at ease devising ambient landscapes and
dancefloor “stompers”. ‘Unholy Republic’ concludes on a short,
ambient postcard entitled ‘Exodus’, signalling in the process the end of
the “Fate trilogy”, and prefiguring realms of possibilities for Munma’s
subsequent works.


released April 24, 2009

All music written and produced by Jawad Nawfal [Munma]
Except ‘Deep Down', written and produced by Jawad Nawfal and Nabil Saliba.
Additional arrangements on ‘Broken Chime’ by Nabil Saliba.

Photos and sleeve design by Caroline Tabet.

Originally produced and released by Incognito Productions.
Distributed by Ruptured.


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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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