Boomkat Product Review:
Saint Abdullah get it right on the biting point of industrial noise, dub and free jazz in a powerful, killer debut blast for Psychic Liberation after shots for top labels; Purple Tape Pedigree and Boomarm Nation - big one for Muslimgauze, Sote, Moor Mother...
Invoking some of the most scorched earth styles we’ve herd in a minute, ‘In God’s Image’ is a document of rage and mourning by a pair of Tehran-born but NYC-based brothers, Mohammad and Mehdi, who draw just as heavily from their heritage as their current home city, and come up with something that exceeds the sum of it parts and crackles with its own impassioned sort of textural grip and darkside iridescence.
As Nick Klein’s Psychic Liberation label points out “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”, and they certainly have a lethal knack for locating and generating the thickest sort of microtonal harmonic complexity/chaos from their set-up of samplers and FX units; turning a Shia orator and Nipsy Hussle into a blazing club banger ‘Problem’, and fulminaing ‘Battlefield culture’ with guest sax fire by regular collaborator Travis Laplante, before condensing the weight of their message into the cold stare of ‘As gently as the steps of death’ featuring an exhausted but still glaring vocal by Moor Mother.
Killer, highly original material through and through.