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Saint AbdullahIn God's Image

Label:
Psychic Liberation – PLIB007
Format:
2 x CD, Limited Edition
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Tracklist

A1In God's Image
FeaturingJordan Reyes (2)
4:33
A2Dialogue Between Wind And Tin3:33
A3Heirlooms5:34
A4On One Occasion3:56
A5Of Us1:54
A6Battlefield Culture
FeaturingTravis Laplante
2:52
A7Abadan Don1:30
A8Problem11:04
A9As Gently As The Steps Of Death
FeaturingMoor Mother
6:12
A10An Intimate Distance6:10
B1Memory Of A Nostalgic Feeling5:24
B2Chief Clerk12:33
B3Orbit Of Zero5:34
B4Potion For Sorrow5:00
B5Hockney Draws On An IPad0:49
B6Everything In The Open6:30
B7Children Had Children12:15
B8Farmer's Straight Teeth7:38
B9Sound, Sound, And Only Sound2:56
B10Eat Confectionary5:00
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Limited to 100 copies.

Liner notes:

"Saint Abdullah, composed of Tehran-born brothers Mohammad and Mehdi, have fine-tuned their vision of conceptual, blown-out dub and free jazz with “In God’s Image,” an ambitious twenty-song double CD on Psychic Liberation. The opus by the two Iranians living in New York, is full of mourning and rage, but these affects only scratch the surface of the work’s emotional and formal heterogeneity.

Like the image gracing its cover—a tiny, dusty peykan, its roof fitted with an image of Ruhollah Khomeini and cone speakers—Saint Abdullah uses DIY minimalism to deliver maximal messaging. On “Problem,” distorted percussion, Shia oration, and a sample of the late Nipsy Hussle meld into a cathartic club burner, while the rhythms and lifted string arpeggiations on “Potion for sorrow” induce hazy cinematics, the duo’s attempt at Persian stoner boom bap.

Elsewhere are instances of improvised jamming, melancholic twinkling, and pensive restraint. The powerfully eclectic statement by Saint Abdullah includes appearances by saxophonist Travis Laplante, who blows a spiralling noir line over feedbacking cacophony. On another track, Moor Mother delivers a poetic lashing on Western imperialists who rain missiles on hospitals, grieves the bodies piling up as capital gets sucked from the Earth.

The sample work on “In God’s Image” draws heavily from Iranian documentaries, and includes the brothers’ field recordings from Tehran and New York. Heretical combinations collide senses of antiquity and contemporaneity, resisting the many orientalist reads on Iranian culture and politics. In this struggle, Saint Abdullah conveys many emotional registers, from exhausted depression to righteous indignation.

Among many things, the image of Khomeini on the cover, which often scandalizes American audiences, represents the overthrow of a 2,500-year-long monarchy. All forms of dehumanization receive the sonic snakebite of Saint Abdullah, and “In God’s Image” resuscitates the revolutionary potential of music that pulls from the traditions of oppressed peoples in both the East and West."

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (CD1): CD-R 80 CWLHT-1725 M621
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2): CD-R 80 CWLHT-1725 M621

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