Unholy Republic

by Munma

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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 Inside’. 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
Sleeve by Caroline Tabet

Originally produced and released by Incognito Productions
Distributed by Ruptured


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Ruptured Records Beirut, Lebanon

Lebanese indie label Ruptured was founded in 2008 by music and radio producer 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.
Ruptured aims to release material by Lebanese and international artists, with a strong focus on alternative rock, electronic and experimental music.
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