Released 14th July 2017
Saint Abdullah is a project by two Iranian brothers, producers based between Brooklyn and Tehran, Iran, creating sounds largely inspired by the religious, political, and cultural history (and reality) of Iran.
Raised in a conservative Shia Muslim family between Iran, Canada, and the UK, Saint Abdullah's most prominent exposure to music came from family visits to the mosque. Particularly during the holy month of Muharram, where Shia orators would lead mass ceremonies commemorating the martyrdom of Husayn, the grandson of the prophet Muhammad, in the Battle of Karbala in 680 CE.
With The Sounds of Evil, Saint Abdullah tell their Iranian tale as they have felt it— passionately and unapologetically revisiting the roots of their childhood in post Islamic revolution, war-torn Iran. These are family stories—of martyrdom, of struggle with loss, of the tragedies of war, pieced together through aggressive sound collage, cultural sample archeology, and rhythmic structure.
Driven by spliced samples of the thundering sound of see-ne za-ni (ritualistic self flagellation or chest beating), the cry of Shia orators, distorted howls, vintage news clips, and a molten and pummeling pulse, Saint Abdullah twist and renew a sense of time and space. One that channels and challenges these times that we live in. This is political music, this is sacred music, and for most of us in the west, this is new music.
For the two Iranian brothers, there's no question that Saint Abdullah formed out of a deep frustration with the way the West perceives—and treats Muslims (Islam). Their hope is that through music, they can help inform a larger inter- cultural dialogue—to build compassion in the way humans deal with issues surrounding race, religion, culture.
7” single featuring two of the standout tunes, with cover art designed by Iranian artist Moshen Zare. Volume 1 presents the beginning of this sonic venture, with a second installment to follow in the near future.
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