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- 2023 by Baris Manco
6/10 Vern Customer review, 8th August 2013
Manco may be almost totally unheard of here in Britain but in his native Turkey, he is still seen as one of those bigger than life characters who disturbed the conservative society of 1960s Turkey. Inspired by Western artists such as The Beatles, The Stones, King Crimson and the distinctly different and rebellious psychedelic genre, Manco became a leader among the Anatolian Rock movement, a mixture of psychedelia/rock and Turkish folk music. It's a combination which simply makes sense and this lp is one of the definitive examples of the movement. '2023' is Manco's debut lp and it splurges with funky guitar and Mike Oldfield style synth all combed through Manco's lush Turkish locks to give a distinctly eastern vibe which really flows majestically. Tracks such as 'Yolverin...' have Manco crooning in his fantastically emotive Turkish wail with slight Doctor Who-esque swishes in the background before funky guitar kicks in. Sometimes this folk/rock mix may sound quite Eurovision to our British ears, the track 'Uzun...' comes closest to this but is saved by Manco's fantastic vocals and the expectantly slow tempo. 'Yine...' is a swinging country number leading into 'Gülme...' a true mix of traditional turkish music and bombarding synth with a rolling beat. The album is a foray into the electronic which edges into Krafwerk territory ('2023', 'Gelinlik...') before coming back into that blend of funk, electro, psych and country which is expertly executed on the closing track 'Kol basti!'.
This mould-breaking, experimental album is perhaps not as intense as the work of similar Iranian artist, Kourosh Yaghmaei or as truly rock as fellow Anatolian Rock member Alpay, but the blend of electro and funk which Manco wails over in his beautiful Turkish is irresistible and genius.
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