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The three-course meal of Arabic fusion, video-assisted solo theremin and Arabic indie pop was served up by Beirut & Beyond.This was the second day of the contemporary music platform, which has assembled players and industry professionals from hither and yon for four days of performance and mingling.Lekhfa's sound is that of skilled artists making music from dissonance.Though she isn't the principal voice on all the numbers in Lekhfa's playlist, Saleh -- and the vulnerable, fractured atonalities she cultivates -- rudders this music. Her vocals are matched by Ghazaleh's sometimes shattered oud-picking and buoyed by Louca's atmospherics, whether issuing from the keyboard or (more exotically) from the slide guitar.The sense of music coming to pieces even as it's launched from the instruments is accentuated by selective sampling of Egyptian shaabi music and the ensemble's reinforced percussion.Evocative of state violence, these lyrics aren't unrepresentative of Lekhfa's other tunes, suggesting that this music's smashed lyricism echoes the state of politics these days.Zayed's music sets Sufi-influenced lyrics to silky jazz-fusion accompaniment.
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