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Bachar Mar Khalifé - On / Off [CD]

Balcoon Records

  • £16.11
Genre: Indie / Alternative
Format: CD
Catalogue No.: B002CD
B/C: 3516628329524
Release Date: 23rd October 2020

This fifth record, On/Off, Bachar wanted to record it in his native Lebanon. More precisely in the main room of his family house, a stone house standing alone in the mountains north of Beirut.

In this big room there is all that’s needed: a piano, a chimney, the stove and some rare instruments who have been sleeping there for years, serving as decorations. For two whole weeks, Bachar welcomes, shapes and celebrates the urgency of creation. The recording takes place in decembre 2019, it’s rhythm follows that of the popular uprising which is shaking Lebanon since october.

In his own way, Bachar contributes to it - emotion is raw, his music is stripped down, just liked his country.
In the house, electricity goes on & off twice, a day. During the night, hostile and freezing, hyenas are heard; during the day, the birds whistle with serenity, and the light of day shines through the windows, each day slightly differently…

This constant duality becomes a source of inspiration for Bachar, obsessed as he is by this rustic environment which exacerbates the senses.

The record has 11 tracks, all written on the spot, as well as a duo recorded in 2017 with the french singer Christophe -Jnoun (unreleased up to now).

1. Zakrini
2. Insomnia
3. Chaffeh Chaffeh
4. On/off
5. Lira
6. Je t'aime à la folie
7. L'amour à plusieurs
8. Ma Fi Chif
9. Prophète
10. Jnoun
11. Ya Hawa Beirut

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