Hayvanlar Alemi, led bei Ozum Itez (git) and Isik Sarihan (percussion), are a group of contemporary musicians from the underground scene of the Turkish capital Ankara. Their genres are psychedelic-, surf- and instrumental rock extraordinary, flavored with an oriental Oeuvre….They released some domestic CDs in Turkey earlier before their international debut came out on Alan Bishop’s and Hisham Mayet’s Sublime Frequencies label in 2009.
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I haven't come across Hayvanlar Alemi before but Turkey's premier instro-psych rockers have already got an LP out on Sublime Frequencies that our Phil liked a lot so I'm interested. I'm spinning their new platter 'Twisted Souvenirs' right now and it's proper down and dirty instrumental rock with a nice mixture of Melvinsy noise sludge, hypnotic East-meets-West rhythms, psychedelic riffing with some Dick Dale-ish sounding Eastern melodies delivered in chunky, filthy noise rock tones.
A ripping fuzz guitar overhaul of Mulato Astatke's'Yekermo Sew' which opens the second side is an instant highlight, with a bouncing snare groove and buzzy guitar tone that seems almost like a nod to Japanese eleki legend Takeshi Terauchi but with a modern muscularity and thickness to the production. Although it's the kind of weirdo instrumental rock that'll probably never reach as big an audience as it deserves, but this is right up there with The Unsemble and Belfi/Grubbs/Pilia in the instrumental-album-of-2014 stakes.
An indulgently listenable combination of brutal tones and assured musicality, I'd like to listen to this all day but alas I have other records to write about.
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