This week saw two wildly-anticipated releases in the Lebanese electronic music scene.
First I caught up with Samer “Etyen” Chami who is a frequent and beloved guest on our radio show to discuss the launch of the EP.
Congratulations on the launch! How is the album being received so far?
Thank you! It’s going really well; People in the industry are telling me they love it and my fans seem to enjoy it too. Most people are giving me tons of positive feedback on the first single “Autumn” which has vocals and ambience. I’m also excited that the EP is being released on iTunes and Spotify today.
Is there a theme you explore in this selection of 4 songs?
It’s more about starting over or turning over a new leaf. The title track, ‘Happy New Year’ refers to a personal beginning, not just Jan. 1st. And Autumn, the season, is when leaves fall and nature gets to redesign itself, which is also another track. In general my music is melancholic with a hint of hope so my EP reflects that. And the album artwork, thanks to Tala Mortada, really captures the theme and translates the feeling of the music perfectly. It turned out so beautiful.
Besides the tags on SoundCloud including “glitch” “oriental” and “cinematic” how would you describe the overall sound…in less music nerd terms?
In general it’s electronica with ambient soundscapes. Dreamy vocals.
What would you imagine the ideal way to listen to your album?
I’d imagine people sitting on a mountain looking at a snowy landscape on a cold day and there are whale noises in the background, haha.
I’d also imagine them swimming underwater in slow motion… at least that’s what the music makes you feel like.
Do you think your dreamy ambient electronic music is relatable in Lebanon? Is the local audience familiar with it?
Well the Lebanese aren’t very familiar with this type of electronic music so I am kind of paving a path in that respect. But this EP has vocals and catchy melodies which makes it easier for people to relate to, I think. In Lebanon most people who are into electronic music are more focused on dance music and 4 to the floor beats like deephouse and such.
What’s next for you?
I’m getting so much done musically right now. I’m going to have a launch party for the full album in June which will be off the hook. And after that I hope to do a little European tour.
You can also check out on ‘Happy New Year’ on Bandcamp where you can download Etyen’s first EP as well, for free!
Loopstache continues to please the indie-pop masses with their latest audio treat but who knew how talented they were without musical instruments?
The song is a cover of Tomorrow Never Knows by the Beatles and maintains its trippy origin but dances it up with heavy guitar distortion and classic Loopstache electronic infusion.
What’s even more interesting is the duo, Salim and Carl, created the stop-motion music video themselves!
– “We wanted to cover a Beatles song since it’s by far my favorite band ever,” said Salim “and we thought this song might be interesting to explore and have fun with. We also wanted to try to make a stop motion and after four days of no sleep and a lot of patience and some cardboard cutouts we did it!”
Luckily, Loopstache will be launching an EP filled with original songs in May, so stay tuned.
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