Vinyl LP £21.49 PHS007
Gatefold LP on Pharaway Sounds.
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- Elektronik Turkuler by Erkin Koray
7/10 Evan 6th May 2014
I love this lp! I find that a lot of Turkish music, much like Indian music, can fall into parody to British ears; ticking all the boxes of what you have come to expect from such music and as such, the album becomes uninteresting and background music alone. Koray was a part of those fabulous musicians like Baris Manco, Alpay and Kamuran Akkor who tried to blend traditional Turkish folk with Western influences, and boy did they succeed in making something great! Opener 'Karli Daglar' sets the tone with some traditionally crooning vocals above some great drumming. 'Sir' is a dark instrumental with a desert vibe (if that's a thing) and some really nice rumbling drums over which a guitar just jams out. Really cool. 'Hele Yar' is a really fun song which its nice chanted vocals and really good instrumentation which just keeps on rolling until the end of the track. Final track 'Türkü' goes really Eastern in feeling with tonking cowbell type instruments and wavy bağlama. It's spoken word vocals give it a sense of power to close this album which certainly does not stay in the background but jumps out and demands to be noticed.
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