Walking into the hidden venue within a small swanky restaurant off the busiest street in Beirut, it was overwhelming seeing all the people waiting to see Postcards perform their new album “I’ll Be Here In The Morning”. And while everyone was catching up with new friends and old, I grabbed a whiskey and headed over to a quiet corner and admired the space. Acoustic panels adorned the concrete walls of the industrial-esque room, Beirut Open Space, owned by Beirut Open Stage boss Elias Maroun.
On come the stage lights a few minutes later and Postcards start off with what became one of my favourite songs on the album. Julia Sabra’s soft melancholic voice took over the room before the band slowly started building a wall of sound with distorted guitars, fuzzy bass lines, loopy synths and hypnotizing drum throbs. Culminating with a loud climax, I was instantly captivated by their solemn yet somehow hopeful music. Solemn yet somehow hopeful was the theme it seemed, to me at least. Forgetting about the lyrics for a second, the feelings Postcards project live are a true representation of life here, a city of youth, love and life, with an underlying, unspoken sense of dejection and gloom.
Then came the second song, a cute and sweet folky number that sucked me out of my pretentious misery and brought me back to life in that dark smoky venue. Reminding me of something somewhere between The Moldy Peaches and Blonde Redhead, I fell in love with them all over again. They kept the pace up all night, ducking and diving between moments of extreme quirky happiness and sludgy murkiness, unreservedly satisfying my intense ADHD mood swings. The band stayed tight all night, the drums and the bass were constantly in-pocket, keeping everyone moving. And despite some technical hitches with the sound, the band kept the energy up without leaving any evidence of toil and trouble.
All things considered, Postcards is easily one of the best bands in Lebanon performing today. My personal favourite tune off “I’ll Be Here In The Morning” is surprisingly “Bright Lights”, since I rarely like the single chosen to initially represent an album. The music video, directed by Filter Happier’s guitarist Camille Cabbabe, is a superlative representation of the track’s atmosphere.
The official release date for “I’ll Be Here In The Morning” is set to be the 26th of January 2018, but lucky fans in Lebanon can grab limited physical copies through Ruptured and in various shops around Beirut during the next 3 months. Stay updated via their website and through the official Postcards and Ziad Nawfal’s label Ruptured social media accounts: