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Lebanese duo Sabra & Tabbal lurk dark folk-tronic fissures and explore shapeshifting shoegaze-dreampop for Grouper, Susanna, Lucretia Dalt or Abyss X fiends on a haunting split release by Peter Broderick’s Beacon Sound and local label, Ruptured
Perfect for winter months, the brooding, melodramatic romance of ’Snakeskin’ marks the first union of producer/singer/engineer Fadi Tabbal and singer-songwriter Julia Sabra, who’s better known as front woman for indie trio Postcards. Their debut is a damaged marriage of Tabbal’s aching, spacious sound design and their twin-plumed vocals, morphing into states that variously resemble forms of avant-folk and dream-pop, or some flux of unresolved styles they can call their own.
A paradoxically anxious yet sublime opener ’Still Life’ sites uncertain coordinates that open out into stately ambient dream-pop like Biosphere producing Susanna on ‘All The Birds’, while vocals are wreathed in barbed distortion on their title song, and ‘Past Tense’ is puristic ambient pop. More intriguingly, they shore up in a sort of raw folk-techno-dreampop on ‘Signs’, and a meditative 11 min curtain closer that hopefully points to where they go next.