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Behold Killers

by Ilyas Ahmed

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Since embarking on an enchantingly forlorn run of musical activity, Ilyas Ahmed has remained incredibly active both as a visual artist and an incredibly versatile musician. Ahmed has cultivated vibrantly esoteric collaborations with Liz Harris (Grouper) and Matt Carlson & Jonathan Sielaff (both of Golden Retriever), among others, is an active member of heady, genre-defying experimental instrumental band Grails, and steadfastly issued quiet epics of psych-minimalism. Now, the Pakistan-born, Portland, Or.-based musician returns with 'Behold Killers,' perhaps his most alluring and distantly seething work to date.

"Pass No Jazz" unfurls its tattered but tranquil tapestry over the entire A-side, tracing each step with unhurried care and curious composure. "Metal Freedom" leads the B-side in a synth-laden cloud of shimmering tragedy and seething hope. "Mad Love" dials things down for a modest symphony of gritted minimalism and soot-covered, negative space. Closing piece "Wild Violet" shimmers in a desolate dance of eerie weightlessness and wretched resolve.

Best consumed in the dead of night or frosted isolation, ‘Behold Killers’ is an aural yarn explicitly woven for the trodden.

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released November 22, 2019

Played & Recorded by Ilyas Ahmed
Mixed by Ilyas Ahmed with invaluable assistance by Matt Carlson
Mastered by Sean McCann

Love & Thanks to Sarah / Grails / GN crew

© 2019 Ilyas Ahmed
Ⓟ 2019 Mute Songs

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Ilyas Ahmed Portland, Oregon

Ilyas Ahmed is a musician & artist currently residing in Portland, Oregon. He has been releasing records for over a decade. In addition to his solo work, he has collaborated with a number of musicians & is currently a member of the band Grails.

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