Interbellum is the musical project of Lebanese singer-songwriter Karl Mattar, aka Charlie Rayne. Formed in 2015, the project sees him teaming up with multi-instrumentalist and producer Fadi Tabbal and other musicians from Beirut.
Interbellum’s sound is formed from a blend of several familiar elements which at times brings to mind Bob Dylan, Youth Lagoon or Beach House to name but a few, yet it, and it’s appeal, remain very much their own distinct identity. ‘Ink’ is the lead single single lifted from Interbellum’s new album Dead Pets, Old Griefs and it captures this aesthetic perfectly. Opening with a childlike lullaby, it comes in slow, waltzing along a near clockwork rhythm as the swooning emotional swell, underlying melancholy and the whimsical lyrics pull at the heartstrings amid their twinkling surroundings and warm, glowing, organ hum. ‘Ink’ is an irresistibly dreamy, warm and inviting companion filled with a heart-swelling sentiment and all configured in the catchiest arrangement possible.
You can listen to ‘Ink’ below and if you find it to your liking, the new album Dead Pets, Old Griefs can be found here.