A 2012 performance at Hamra's Metro al-Madina.
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"Oh no, all is lost," singer Erin Mikaelian croons in her breathy voice, sounding not in the least concerned. It's a juxtaposition that's characteristic of the songs on "Twisted Times," the debut album of Lebanese indie band Pindoll, which is due to be released at a launch concert Saturday. Described as "jazz/rock fusion," the music bears traces of such diverse elements as ska, classic rock'n'roll, punk, grunge, jazz, metal, cabaret and oriental melodies.Founded in 2011, Pindoll complements Mikaelian's vocals with the percussion of Jad Aouad and the guitars and bass of Miran Gurunian and Chris Reslan respectively. The depressing content of the song is intriguingly at odds with the upbeat sound and circus-music melody.The song's rock'n'roll framework is overlaid with a Middle Eastern-sounding melody and interspersed with bursts of oriental percussion.The penultimate song, "The Hidden Silence," also stands out. A cheerful walking bass line underpins the jazzy chorus, interspersed with Gurunian's choppy guitar solos.
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