Boomkat Product Review:
‘Behold Killers’ sees Pakistan-born Portlander Ilyas Ahmed return with an engrossing new full-length for the Geographic North label after a series of standout releases for Root Strata, Digitalis, MIE and Immune, as well as his work as a member of Grails and collaborations with Liz Harris (Grouper), Matt Carlson & Jonathan Sielaff of Golden Retriever, among others. Described by the label as "an aural yarn explicitly woven for the trodden…”, this beautiful new work extends from a somnolent flow of fingerpicking into more abstracted terrain, now and again offset by Ahmed’s quiet falsetto - highly recommended to followers of John Fahey, Sonic Youth’s extended b-sides, Talk Talk, Loren Connors and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma...
"Since embarking on an enchantingly forlorn run of musical activity, Ilyas Ahmed has remained incredibly active both as a visual artist and an incredibly versatile musician. 'Behold Killers’ is perhaps his most alluring and distantly seething work to date.
"Pass No Jazz" unfurls its tattered but tranquil tapestry over the entire A-side, tracing each step with unhurried care and curious composure. "Metal Freedom" leads the B-side in a synth-laden cloud of shimmering tragedy and seething hope. "Mad Love" dials things down for a modest symphony of gritted minimalism and soot-covered, negative space. Closing piece "Wild Violet" shimmers in a desolate dance of eerie weightlessness and wretched resolve. Best consumed in the dead of night or frosted isolation…”