Saint Abdullah – Inshallahlaland (Room40, MC/digital)

Saint Abdullah is a joint project by brothers Mohammad and Mehdi Mehrabani-Yeganeh, who grew up in the Occident but on their numerous releases draw from the culture and religion of Iran. This is also the case with »Inshallahlaland«, which begins with the 22-minute »Glamour Factory«. It is based on a sample of a speech by a well-known Iranian voiceover artist, in which he ponders the freedoms of artistic (self-)expression in the face of a society that insists on fixed identities. A powerful yet subtle statement.