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Lebanese guitarist Fadi Tabbal renders a shimmering dreamworld of hallucinatory structures and ambient panoramas in the gauzy gaze of ‘Museum of Disappearing Buildings’, which now appears on Portland, OR’s Beacon Sound after an under-the-radar digital release in 2015, replete with two big highlights in the keening harmonics of ‘Wandering Turtle In a Maze of a Big Ciy’ and the awe-inspiring, trance-inducing flux of ‘Crystal Palace’. RIYL the towering cloud cities of Popol Vuh, the windswept grit of Fennesz, or Forest Swords’ at his most wistful
“Fadi Tabbal, lead guitarist with Lebanese psychedelic rock band The Incompetents and various other alternative outfits, releases his second solo album, “Museum of Disappearing Buildings”, in November 2015. This album continues further the work of sound exploration through guitar treatments, which began with “On the Rooftop Looking Up” in 2013.
While the young guitarist’s first album featured a finely-devised interaction of ambient soundscapes and John Fahey-inspired finger-picking acoustic meanderings, this second solo outing adopts a different approach: it relies on an interplay of ambient guitar drones and grainy electronics, which recalls to a degree the work of early Krautrock vanguard artists from the 1970’s, the leftfield exploration of British electro-acoustic practitioners from the mid-1970’s, as well as the radical works of American minimalistic composers from the 1960’s.
Similarly to his first outing, Tabbal preferred a radical and direct approach to composition and recording, opting for the intimacy and self-reflection of home recordings, rather than the traditional environment of a recording studio. At the heart of the album, resides one unifying concept, which finds its way into the resulting musical bed: the sketches and impossible structures and urban configurations of Russian paper architects Brodsky and Utkin.”