Interbellum is the musical project of Lebanese singer-songwriter Karl Mattar.
Prior to the creation of Interbellum, Mattar released folk albums under the moniker Charlie Rayne. 2014’s “Wider Waters” saw him move to Berlin and embark on a 40-date tour in Europe, before returning to Beirut to launch Interbellum. Formed in 2015, the project saw him working alongside multi-instrumentalist and producer Fadi Tabbal and other musicians from the Beirut music scene.
Released in October 2018, Interbellum’s second full-length album “Dead Pets, Old Griefs” expanded the band’s palette of lo-fi, guitar-driven songs considerably, adding synthesizers, samples and electronics to the mix. Recorded in Tabbal’s Tunefork Studios over a period of several months, the album features contributions from Marwan Tohme, Julia Sabra and Pascal Semerdjian from dream-pop quartet Postcards, and Camille Cabbabé from post-rock ensemble KŌZŌ.
“Ready to Dissolve” is the third single from “Dead Pets, Old Griefs“. The haunting video that accompanies the track was shot in the ruins of the Grand Theatre, one of the last remaining relics of pre-war Beirut.