5 Songs, 16 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lebanon revels in its reputation as the Middle East's creative powerhouse, and when a band like WonderGaap comes along to back up that claim, it’s easy to agree. The four-piece from Beirut make music best categorised, by their own admission, as an “indie cocktail”. Produced by the scene's impresario Fadi Tabbal, WonderGaap's debut EP, Soda On the Roof, signals the arrival of an inventive mix of indie pop and rock with an alternative edge. The band offers a seamless fusion of synth-drenched soundscapes, vocalist (and keyboardist) Rayan Sayegh's carefree harmonies and guitarist Michel Maouad’s ringing riffs. And on "To the Meadow" and "Game Over", the band reveal their unapologetic admiration of The Beatles’ no-holds-barred approach to experimentation. WonderGaap clearly love fun, fanfare and undeniable, unforgettable melodies. Their future is as bright as their music.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lebanon revels in its reputation as the Middle East's creative powerhouse, and when a band like WonderGaap comes along to back up that claim, it’s easy to agree. The four-piece from Beirut make music best categorised, by their own admission, as an “indie cocktail”. Produced by the scene's impresario Fadi Tabbal, WonderGaap's debut EP, Soda On the Roof, signals the arrival of an inventive mix of indie pop and rock with an alternative edge. The band offers a seamless fusion of synth-drenched soundscapes, vocalist (and keyboardist) Rayan Sayegh's carefree harmonies and guitarist Michel Maouad’s ringing riffs. And on "To the Meadow" and "Game Over", the band reveal their unapologetic admiration of The Beatles’ no-holds-barred approach to experimentation. WonderGaap clearly love fun, fanfare and undeniable, unforgettable melodies. Their future is as bright as their music.

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