Category Archives: art pop

Postcards

📷 Sue Kar

Postcards is a dream pop/indie rock band formed by four friends in Beirut, Lebanon, in late 2012. Their music is defined by hushed, introspective vocals floating over expansive sonic spaces that shift between harsh noise and dreamy soundscapes.

Postcards are Julia Sabra, Marwan Tohme, Pascal Semerdjian and Rany Bechra.

Postcards will be releasing their latest album ‘I’ll be here in the morning’ (Ruptured/T3 Records/Cargo Records), tomorrow. It is their fourth release and their first full-length album produced by Fadi Tabbal of Tunefork Studios.

Postcards are a revelation, such a smooth ethereal sound. I am enthused about the state of dream pop music, and the future of it is here.

First up their latest single, from the aforementioned album, is this beautiful chunk of sound. I am wide awake to the pleasure of listening to it. This is just too striking, too beautiful for words. Such simplicity in the chords, yet a thing of beauty. I don’t know if that is a balalaika in there, or just some slick manipulation of a guitar, either way it is beautiful and haunting.
Wide Awake

Filmed and edited by: Nessim Stevenson
Underwater videographer: Karim Iliya

 

This was their first single release from the album “I’ll be here in the morning”, another glorious song full of jangling guitars and the beautiful voice of Julia Sabra. I wonder how I missed this when it was first released.
Bright Lights

Video filmed and edited by Camille Cabbabe.
Special thanks to Tania Ingea, Fadi Tabbal, and Nessim Stevenson.

📷 Camille Cabbabé

While poking around their various videos I cam across this gem from a few years back. Julia’s voice, with its haunting beauty, makes me feel comfortable and warm despite the snow they are wandering around in. It’s a kinda cute video with the masks and all. I really like this track.
Where The Wild Ones

Directed By Farid Salame
Produced By Francois Monayer
Cinematographer: Julien Kai
Wildlife Cinematographer: Nessim Stevenson
Assistant Director: Ghiwa El Haiby

📷 Sue Kar

Wow! they have such amazing songwriting skills and they craft their songs so beautifully. This is another beauty from a couple of years back, performed live at Station. The song can be found on their “what lies so still” EP released in 2015.
Summertime

Filmed by: Myriam, Tanit, Paul and David
Sound mixed by: Fadi Tabbal

📷 Camille Cabbabé

Finally today we have Postcards performing at Sofar Beirut on January 26, 2017. As always the Sofar crew produce a wonderful video. And as I am finding out Postcards don’t produce bad songs, they are all beautifully written and beautifully performed. You’re gonna love this one.
Black & White

Filmed by: Nicolas Cardahi, Elias Daaboul
Edited by: Nicolas Cardahi, Beirut Jam Sessions
Location: Baffa House
Videographer: Elias Daaboul and Nicolas Cardahi
Editor: Nicolas Cardahi

OK, so I lied, there is more. If like me you cannot wait to hear more from Postcards, well I’ve got you covered with this play list to keep you going.

Don’t forget the album

I’ll be here in the morning

 

Lavender Child

Lavender Child is an amazing Toronto artist who uses ethereal dreamscape creations to inspire listeners to reconnect with nature, community, and themselves.

Her new single was recently released, it is from a forthcoming album. Personally I can’t wait to hear the rest of her stuff, she has an amazingly clear and beautiful voice.

“Happy Illusions” comes from my upcoming album Reflections which revolves around those moments of self reflection where you ask yourself, how am I contributing to this world? How are my actions influencing the environment and the people around me?
Lavender Child

Such an airy ethereal sound from Lavender Child, her soaring vocals take you back to the hippy dippy days of 1967. Ahh such memories. Or then again it could be the video, so dreamy and at one with nature.
All in all a beautiful single from Lavender Child.
Happy Illusions

Track Credits:
Composer – Lavender Child
Arrangers – Lavender Child, Paul Barton, Liam Cole, Brendan Moratz
Producer – Kyla Charter
Recording & Mixing Engineer – Phil Spencer
Assistant Engineers – Bryn Besse & Sarah Gribeauval
Mastering Engineer – Reuben Ghose
Drum – Liam Cole
Bass – Brendan Moratz
Guitar – Paul Barton
Violin – Jaimie McClyment
Piano/ Electronic Production – Cameron Breithaupt
Voice – Lavender Child

Video Credits:
Director & Editor – Dylan Mitro
Cinematographers – Sebastian Back & Shawn Tron
Assistant Camera- Max Stussi
Production Assistant- Iain Ailles
Dancers/Actors – Gabie Nestor, Hilary Dombokah, Tim Limsana, Raelynn Chase, Sydney McManus, Sam Morton
Make up – Mikayla Bruder & Chris Morro
Fashion – Filthy Rebena

 

Ummagma

A few years back I featured Ummagma on the old blog. At that time I said this about them.

Ummagma is a Canadian-Ukrainian duo comprised of Alexx Kretov and Shauna McLarnon, blending the ethereal with sublime resonance, beats and rhythm to create richly layered soundscapes. In mid-July, Ummagma released two CD albums (“Ummagma” and “Antigravity”) and won the 2013 Alternative Eurovision, representing Ukraine from 21 countries. Although this music encompasses several music genres — indie rock, post-rock, dream pop, ambient/ethereal, space rock and progressive rock — there is a common remarkable theme, elevating atmosphere and stirring effect in Ummagma’s music.

Like so many independent artists they keep on moving on.

On the trail of their collaboration with dreampop pioneer A.R.Kane earlier this year, Ummagma has been turning a lot of heads in the last few years, winning praise from the likes of Joe Foster (Creation Records) and The Veldt, collaborating with members of OMD and Swervedriver, and winning the Alternative Eurovision on Amazing Radio. They also feature in Wire Magazine’s new Wire Tapper CD.

Recently they released an awesome re-mix of one of their gems. As with all their releases this is a soaring piece of music that will take you higher, complex yet simple it just moves you along with it.
Add to that a beautiful video and I just had to post this, their latest release.

Enjoy, I know I am.

Lama ~ Robin Guthrie Mix

And just for kicks, here’s the original version, love ’em both myself.  What say you?

Lama

 

? Oleksandra Kostiv