On/Off - CD

Bachar Mar-Khalifé

On/Off - CD

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Release CD SKU: B002CD
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Les versions vinyle et CD sont au format Gatefold.

Ce cinquième album, On Off, Bachar Mar-Khalifé a voulu l’enregistrer dans son pays natal, le Liban. Plus exactement dans le salon de la demeure familiale, une maison en pierre, isolée dans les montagnes du nord de Beyrouth.
Dans cette grande pièce est réuni l’essentiel: un piano, la cheminée, le poêle, et quelques instruments rares qui depuis toujours dorment là pour décorer. Durant 15 jours, Bachar accueille, façonne et célèbre l’urgence d’une création brute.

L’enregistrement a eu lieu en décembre 2019, au rythme des contestations populaires qui ébranlaient le Liban.
A sa manière, Bachar y contribue - l’émotion est à fleur de peau, le dépouillement de sa musique fait écho à la situation du pays.

Dans la maison, l’électricité coupe 2 fois par jour (on/off). La nuit, glaciale et hostile, est bercée par les cris des hyènes; le jour, on est frappé par la sérénité qui émane du chant des oiseaux, et de la lumière du soleil qui s’introduit toujours différemment à travers les vitres…
Cette dualité constante devient une source d’inspiration pour Bachar, obsédé par cet environnement rustique qui exacerbe les sens.

L’album comporte 11 titres, écrits et composés sur place, ainsi qu’un duo enregistré en 2017 avec Christophe -Jnoun (inédit à ce jour).


Available in limited edition vinyl (Only.io exclusive) with a 30x30 poster on 190g offset paper, illustrated by Lossapardo, also featured on FKJ's lastest cover for the Ylang Ylang EP.

Vinyl and CD versions are Gatefold format.

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/A1. Zakrini
2/A2. Insomnia
3/A3. Chaffeh Chaffeh
4/A4. Lira
5/A5. Je t'aime à la folie
6/A6. On/off

7/B1. Jnoun
8/B2. Prophète
9/B3. Ma Fi Chi
10/B4. L'amour à plusieurs
11/B5. Ya Hawa Beirut

Bachar Mar-Khalifé