Boomkat Product Review:
Iranian-Canadian brothers Saint Abdullah team up with Ian McDonnell (aka Eomac) on "Patience of a Traitor", channeling the imagery of Tehran's bathhouses and feelings about religious hegemony in Iran and Ireland into ductile IDM miniatures.
If you've been watching closely, you should have come across Saint Abdullah by now - their last run of records (particularly "To Live A La West" and "Inshallahlaland") painted a rich, critical picture that mapped out the duality of their existence as Iranian-born brothers who grew up trying to position themselves in the Western world. Now based in New York, they connect with Lakker's Eomac, who adds his signature glitchy percussive roll to Mohammad and Mehdi Mehrabani-Yeganeh's incandescent instrumentals. The blend of sounds is tart at first, but settles like sediment as the album reveals itself; short, sharp stepper 'In One Corner the Male Relatives' is a particular early highlight, sounding like Wasteland's unmatched 'Has It Come To This?' couched in chattering voices and sublime, elongated pads.
'Tiles of the Facade' is another whipsmart burner that sounds tightly lashed to Mohammad and Mehdi's "Inshallahlaland" universe. Eomac's crispy electronics are blunted against the duo's furrowed ambience, coming across like broken machinery in a distant warehouse. On 'Such Gardens There Are' meanwhile, we're fired backwards to the Artificial Intelligence era with an ornate clash of warm Plaid-like pads and skittered DSP crunches.