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Soleil of Persian Square

by Post California

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    A book by Hannah Darabi, published by GwinZegal.
    Designed by Myriam Barchechat
    220 pages – 22 × 28 cm
    ISBN 979-10-94060-35-3

    Soleil of Persian Square is a study of the visual identity of the Iranian diaspora’s way of life in Los Angeles. Hannah Darabi seeks to give a face to the fictive city that goes by the name of Tehrangeles, which she discovered through images associated with pop music during her teenage years. The goal is to forge connections between ordinary landscapes of Los Angeles or Orange County — as carriers of traces of the Iranian diaspora — portraits of their inhabitants, and pop culture objects including cassette-tape liner notes, song lyrics, screenshots of music videos from the 1980s and 1990s, and phonebook pages devoted to businesses of the Iranian diaspora. Soleil of Persian Square designates not only a journey from real to imaginary spaces, but also a way of life and mode of thought embodied in popular culture. This culture stands in opposition to the moral values of the current Iranian regime, and at the same time it has drawn criticism from intellectuals for its “low art” aspect. Nevertheless, it has survived, particularly because of Tehrangeles pop. This music that we love to “hate” has never lost its place in the heart of our dispersed nation, and it has never stopped making our bodies move, whether in a taxi in Tehran, at a friend’s place in Paris, or at a concert in Toronto.

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Shabakeh 01:09
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Aux 02:38
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AM/FM 02:12
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CA 90024 06:24
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Sahand 05:30
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Benshinid 03:18

about

Soleil of Persian Square is Post California’s response to an invitation by Hannah Darabi to create a sound extension to her book project, inspired by pop music from Tehrangeles – scene of the Iranian diaspora in Los Angeles.

Taking hold of this raw sound material drawn from cassettes and video clips, Post California delivers a fantasized vision of Los Angeles (a mixture of intensity and emptiness that can be found in Richard Kelly’s "Southland Tales") crossed by sound elements of Iranian pop music sung in Persian.

The result is a music that is both recomposed and deteriorated, from which fragments of Tehrangelesi sound and codes of Western pop-song emerge, navigating the borders of ambient, collage and post punk.

Soleil of Persian Square is Post California's first LP and, appart from a track on a Wavecore compilation, his first release on a physical medium.

Coproduced by GwinZegal and Anywave, the cassette also comes with the limited edition of Hannah Darabi’s book.

credits

released November 12, 2021

Music: Post California
Design: Myriam Barchechat / factformfiction

Coproduite par GwinZegal et Anywave, la cassette accompagne également l’édition limitée du livre de Hannah Darabi (Soleil Of Persian Square, GwinZegal, 2021)

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