Boomkat Product Review:
Following last year's 'Patience of a Traiter', Mohammad and Mehdi Mehrabani-Yeganeh team up again with Ian McDonnell (aka Eomac), fusing their analogue grind with McDonnell's gritty digital processes.
Collaborating since 2019, Saint Abdullah and Eomac have worked out a process so that's been so fruitful they've kept it moving. 'A Vow Not To Read' strides away from 'Patience of a Traitor', sounding closer to Mohammad and Mehdi's brilliant 'Inshallahland' and 'To Live A La West', with corrupted samples, jazzy improvisations and occasional outbursts of white noise. The title track keeps things relatively low-key, fading cautious electric guitar tones over static glitches and slowly forming the reverberations into fuzzy pads. On 'Wali' though, a clipped hip-hop beat punches through the veil, collapsing into tape hiss and splicing in looped samples of Shia mourners.
'Toes in the Hummus' is even more itchy, with pacy, clattering beats grazing fogged pads and Mohammad and Mehdi's signature analog warbles, while closing track 'Mother I Couldn't Sleep' sounds like a lost illbient symphony, cutting garbled downtemp rhythms with smokey horn solos and psychedelic synths.