Translating as Eastern Flowers in Turkish, Doğu Çiçekleri was the beginning of Swedish avant-garde artist Sven Wunder’s career arc. Painting an impression of the flora and wildlife of the Mediterranean / Levantine area through sound, it drew on Turkish rock and European jazz-funk to appeal to fans of psychedelia, prog-rock and electronica alike.
Limited Vinyl LP £26.76 PP10012
LP on Piano Piano.
- Limited edition
Not a huge deal is known about Sven Wunder, the Swedish producer behind the recently reissued record shop favourites ‘Eastern Flowers (Doğu Çiçekleri)’ and ‘Wabi Sabi’. Both these releases reveal a profound love of Turkey’s popular and traditional music history as he melds Turkish rock sounds with the feel of a smoky 60s library funk soundtrack.
‘Eastern Flowers’ is an Anatolian flavoured instrumental psych gala, influenced by technicolour Mediterranean flora and the briny breeze of the Levantine sea. Wunder accomplishes two things brilliantly on this record: marrying a variety of disparate sounds together and creating an atmosphere. The mix of heady Turkish psych and rhythmic European jazz-funk sounds deep and heavy, relying on groove rather than resorting to meandering fusion or prog. It’s similar to the looping grooves of krautrock and at times, is even reminiscent of Madlib’s Zappa influenced cuts and his globetrotting Medicine Mix Series.
Wunder intended to create a record which mirrored a mysterious library album of eras past, and he’s nailed the aesthetic right down to the sleeve design.
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