14/09/2023Beirut's Charif Megarbane Releases The Soundtrack To A Summer By The Mediterranean Sea

But why marzipan? The title to the first contemporary full-length on Habibi Funk, released two months ago to the day, is enough to spark our curiosity. Sweet indulgence...that must be it. Soft, sugary, rich, filling, the taste of honey and almonds, a wonderful amuse bouche. Release number 023 brings us to Lebanon, where multi-instrumental producer extraordinaire Charif Megarbane (Cosmic Analog Ensemble, the Free Association Syndicate, Monumental Detail) has readied a batch of cinematic treats, evocative snapshots, and mouth-watering musical narratives. 

"Marzipan" might well be the score to a film, the soundtrack to a long weekend by the Mediterannean, oozing coastal flair, sophisticated, bohemian, but also relatable. Megarbane first popped onto our radar in 2016 with his Hisstology imprint, from which we reviewed this "Tribute to Karl Hector". Fast forward to his latest 17-track offering, a lushly orchestrated journey into Megarbane's prismatic stylings that will set your mind spinning. Slightly nostalgic at times, as well a maritime summer holiday should be, we revel in these library-esque instrumental arrangements, charmed beyond belief. 

In each of his tracks, Megarbane masterfully keeps the camera rolling, on a mission to share kaleidoscopic glimpses of his seaside reality, sunglasses and all. Sprinkled with oriental rare grooves and hiphop phrasings, and although produced from a contemporary vision, this record is very much vintage, might one say timeless? Either way, we can't wait to have another taste of this aural and visual delight.

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom