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Erkin Koray - Elektronik Türküler CD (album) cover


Erkin Koray


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.04 | 22 ratings

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4 stars now this is the real experimental turkish new folk album you wanted! forget about the mogollari baris manco or cem karaca... erkin koray stands where the real revolution done in 74 but sorry for all of us he didn't choose to continue on this road. his first lp "elektronik türküler" was a different affair all together for koray who is more interested in then growing arabesque music in turkey. all of is ep's were some kind of psychedelic hard rock with some arabesque stylings even his famous invention electro-baglama was done with important contribution from fellow arabesque musician orhan gencebay and faruk tekbilek- a vey important composer who worked with both gencebay and koray - so koray's approach to turkish folk music was rather obscure in many ways. but in 74 he make this mind blending lp debut with elektronik türküler and he really change the basics in turkish folk music. while bands like mogollar, ersin ve dadaşlar etc... were just re-inventing what is already there with western instruments koray did something else in his album he change the compositional core of the turkish folk music. while re-writing the local folk tunes just like other anatolian rockers he also change the structure of the songs not just re-perform them. the album contains 8 cuts the longer(folk inspired) ones are connected each other with shorter psychedelic hard rocking songs which is a great thing to do both contains some kind of togetherness to the album and avoids to being repeat itself and the mood is constantly changed between folk, psychedelia to (even)his early arabesque-rock style you the first song karlı daglar is originally a middle anatolian folk song koray with his classical baglama opens the song with his mellow singing. bass and drums are nicely supporting koray this is a simple and powerful execution of basic anatolian rock formula with some electric guitar flourishes now and then... second song is one of the shorter psychedelic cuts with some darbuka in the back and electric guitar used as if it is a baglama a nice little instrumental goes into more conventional rock vein near the end with guitar solo supported with some very good rhythm and in the end goes back to electric guitar who acts like baglama style just brilliant. third one again a classical folk song hele yar starts with really different baglama use almost in virtuoso style very different from classical baglama after this magnificent intro song takes more straightforward turn and follows the same structure to the end with the sentence "hele yar" is constantly repeated at the chorus which leads to a very fun ending. also in this song a mellow tambur(a traditional turkish string instrument) sound can be heard in the back. after this we got "korkulu rüya" another short psychedelic piece but not an instrumental more like a mood piece with bass, organ and erkin koray's sighs and some slide guitar (i think) and this song connects us to the yalnızlar rıhtımı the most well known track of the record and an instant classic now this is the point where koray breaks his folkish approach and goes back to his arebesque-psycheledia roots another song lead by koray's voice with piano and a strong rhythm at the back a very lovable song with very good lyrics. after that we directly cut to cemalım a turkish-balkan folk song re- performed by koray. this is more of a "back to basics" song with some minimalist psychedelic touches clocking at 8 minutes. after cemalım we had the magnificent "inatçı" another short piece an instrumental with some jagged guitar sound it is freaking hard rocking song with some bongo truly masterful guitar work an garage rock piece and a very strong one right after this we are throwed into the chaotic beginning of a song simply called "turku" with saxes, guitars, basses and drums are just blown into our ears then calms anatolian woodwind instrument) actually this is not an folk arrangement basically the lyrics are famous verses from nazımm hikmet's epic poem about turkey's war of liberation what koray did however he takes this all kinds of musical instruments and ideas from all over anatolia and composes them (with help of western instruments as well) in a way we had never heard before with some fascinating tempo changes here and there this is true masterpiece but unfortunately it is rather unknown even in turkey. so this is a masterpiece for all those out there who interested in folk, psychedelic or even progressive music a solid four star!!!
ourlawisliberty | 4/5 |


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