Saint Abdullah - Stars Have Eyes
Saint Abdullah - Iranian-Canadian brothers Mohammad and Mehdi - present their second album Stars Have Eyes for NYC collective PTP. Five exercises in hypnotic chaos, taking field recordings from Tehran streets grounded in sub-frequencies and reverberating confrontationally beyond their source. The crux of the release grows meaningfully in "I'm sad, I'm frightened, I'm angry," a repeated, circular spoken-word motif moving through different aqueous layers of distortion across piano fragments. This motion slowly unravels, flowing into the patient and vivid describing of living within and around hateful rhetoric.
Remastered to pro-duplicated, green cassette housed in hand-assembled (100# French cover stock) custom jacket with letterpress and rubber stamp print (including D/L card). Limited Edition of 50.
“We were in an angry state of mind when we made these tracks. It began around the same time the US condemned Syria and Assad for the use of chemical weapons. The events took us back to the Halabje chemical attack in Kurdistan, Iraq, where exactly 30 years ago, Saddam, with the blind support of the West, killed between 3000-5,000 and injured 7,000-10,000, mostly Kurdish civilians. Have we not learned anything? It feels like history is less a source for understanding and growth, and more so to be exploited, mined, in search of tactics that are sure to cause havoc on humanity. These tracks are dedicated to the next generation of Muslim kids who are left feeling sad, frightened, angry.”