Interbellum Lebanese lead Karl Mattar to release new video for his song ‘Ready to Dissolve’

The video clip was shot by Lebanese filmmaker Camille Cabbabé. (Supplied)
Updated 10 September 2019

Interbellum Lebanese lead Karl Mattar to release new video for his song ‘Ready to Dissolve’

DUBAI: Beirut-based indie act Interbellum will release a new video next week for “Ready to Dissolve,” a track from the 2018 album “Dead Pets, Old Griefs.”

Interbellum began as a full-fledged band, but is now essentially singer-songwriter Karl Mattar with various collaborators, including — on this track — Julia Sabra, the frontperson of Mattar’s Ruptured label mates Postcards.

Like much of “Dead Pets, Old Griefs,” the dreamy, pop-y instrumental side of the track lays the ground for some introspective, sometimes sinister lyrics (“Everything tastes like ashes/The very sky could crash”).




Interbellum began as a full-fledged band. (Supplied)

The video was shot by Lebanese filmmaker Camille Cabbabé, and is set in the ruins of Beirut’s Grand Theater, situated on the Green Line during the Lebanese Civil War. Mattar and Lynn Sheikh Moussa can be seen flitting among the ruins. “There’s an emptiness and an eeriness permeating everything,” Mattar said in a press release. “Nature slowly taking over and poking through the cracks.”

As the title suggests, much of “Dead Pets, Old Griefs” is about loss. But Mattar told Arab News that he doesn’t feel the record is necessarily pessimistic, and that he thinks of it as “lighter” than Interbellum’s more musically upbeat debut album, “Now Try Coughing.”

“It’s definitely dark, but I feel there’s also a lot of tenderness and empathy. And a definite pull towards the light, even if it’s somehow in vain,” Mattar said of “Dead Pets, Old Griefs.” “The first album feels more aimless and angry.”




Mattar said that much of “Dead Pets, Old Griefs” is about loss. (Courtesy: Interbellum)

He added that while the debut LP was “looking outwards and trying to make sense of the mess of things,” this one “is about memory and looking for the truth in its folds, and trying to both retrieve and escape it.”

“The album became about the process of remembering itself,” he explained. “It is hopeless — in that the past is irretrievable and irreconcilable and is distorted by emotion and deformed by each revisitation — but I feel there’s still light and warmth seeping through everything, maybe from the comfort of nostalgia or the purity of childhood.”

Mattar stressed that “Ready to Dissolve” and the album in general are “a real attempt to communicate, to connect, with myself, with others, with the listener.” And while the lyrics may occasionally be bleak, he said he hoped that the record’s creative energy “prevails over that hopelessness and acts as a sort of balm to the whole experience.”


Image Nation Abu Dhabi’s ‘Free Solo’ sweeps Creative Emmys

‘Free Solo’ follows Alex Honnold’s attempt to become the first person to climb El Capitan. (Supplied)
Updated 15 September 2019

Image Nation Abu Dhabi’s ‘Free Solo’ sweeps Creative Emmys

  • “Free Solo’” has won seven Creative Arts Emmy Awards
  • The documentary picked up every award for which it was nominated at Saturday’s ceremony in Los Angeles

DUBAI: Co-produced by Image Nation Abu Dhabi, the critically-acclaimed documentary “Free Solo’” has won seven Creative Arts Emmy Awards, adding to a slate of honors that already includes a BAFTA and an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

The documentary picked up every award for which it was nominated at Saturday’s ceremony in Los Angeles, including outstanding directing for a documentary/nonfiction program, outstanding cinematography, sound editing, sound mixing, picture editing, music composition and best achievement in interactive media.

Presented by National Geographic, directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin and co-produced by Image Nation, “Free Solo” follows Alex Honnold’s attempt to become the first person to climb El Capitan – a 3,000 foot high vertical rock in Yosemite National Park – with no ropes or safety gear.

The documentary was co-produced by Parkes+MacDonald, Image Nation, Little Monster Films and National Geographic.

"I think it always comes back to Alex, the diligence and discipline and teaching himself over the years," Vasarhelyi told the Hollywood Reporter backstage at Sunday’s award ceremony. "I think in terms of the Creative Arts Emmys, Alex brought so much craft to what he did, that all of us, every member of our team got a nomination. So it’s incredible to see the Academy appreciates the hard work that went into it."

In February, “Free Solo” won an Oscar at the 91st Academy Awards. After the ceremony Chin told reporters, “Hanging off the wall, I couldn’t see Alex Honnold below, and I just had to trust that he was just being perfect. We also had to carry the weight of the entire production being perfect, because if we made any mistakes, it could have been catastrophic.”

UAE-based fans were treated to a special screening of the film in March and chief content office of Image Nation Ben Ross shared his thoughts at the event.

“From the incredible reviews to the Academy Award and BAFTA wins, we are so proud that Image Nation Abu Dhabi and the UAE can say it helped to support this incredible film…It has been an honor to work with the National Geographic.”