‘The new sound of Istanbul.’ ★★★★ (The Guardian)
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Turkish psychedelica? Pink Floyd on saz!
The latest delight of the indie scene for a while now: Turkish psychedelica. Labels like Finders Keepers and Pharaway Sounds have ensured a revitalization of the heritage through a constant stream of Turkish reissues. Folk heroine Selda Bağcan is being massively rediscovered and contemporary acts like Gaye Su Akyol, Derya Yildirim, BaBa ZuLa and Altin Gün fully embrace the style. They all refer back to the heyday of Turkish psychedelica in the ‘60s-‘70s, when Anatolian rock and folk fused with Western rock-’n-roll. Artists like Erkin Koray, Bariș Manço, Selda and Cem Karaca, were the (politically engaged) Turkish heroes of that time.
Her music is influenced by both her Turkish roots - Gaye is a big Selda fan – and by Joy Division, Nick Cave and surf. Their shows – all musicians wear masks except for Gaye – are both compelling and mesmerising. Their latest album ‘İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir’ (via the superb Glitterbeat label) translates as ‘Consistent Fantasy Is Reality’ and it has been swamped with high praise, from specialised global sounds blogs to Pitchfork.
‘One of the finest evenings in the history of AB took place last year with Selda. Aside from the superb concerts by Selda and Derya Yildirim, we were also impressed by Gaye Su Akyol, who played afterwards in the AB Club.’ - Kurt Overbergh
For fans of Altin Gün, Nick Cave, Erkin Koray, Bariș Manço, Selda, BaBa ZuLa,...
In the press Mojo: ‘Her voice is a gloriously expressive instrument full of mystery.’
The Guardian: ‘A compelling and distinctive young Turkish singer. She deserves international success.’
Louder Than War: ‘A bit of Patrick Watson if he were on a trip to Turkey intentionally writing Eastern infused tunes. ... Wonderful stuff.’