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3.73 | 22 ratings | 4 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2017

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Omelas (4:34)
2. Tophane'de Güneşli Günler (5:34)
3. Sessiz Gibi Bir Yer (5:33)
4. Kırınardı (3:43)
5. Saroyan (3:35)
6. Ağlaya Ağlaya (4:33)
7. Ters Okyanus (5:18)
8. Domino (3:02)
9. Vertigo (3:42)

Total Time 39:34

Line-up / Musicians

- Ahmet Kenan Bilgiç / guitar, vocals
- Ömer Öztüyen / viola
- Serkan Emre Çiftçi / trumpet, synth, backing vocals
- Okan Kaya / bass, backing vocals
- Gökçe Gürçay / drums

- Barış Ertürk / baritone & tenor saxophones
- Erkan Çavdaroğlu, Çağlar Haznedaroğlu / violin
- Burak Kayan / viola
- Erman İmayhan / cello

Releases information

CD ‎Baykuş Müzik ‎- BY0006 (2017, Turkey)

LP Shalgam Records ‎- SH-007 (2017, Turkey)

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GEVENDE Kirinardi ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(59%)
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Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars GEVENDE and SIDDHARTHA are my two favourite bands out of Turkey. GEVENDE's previous album "Sen Balik Degilsin Ki" is a top ten record for me for 2011 while SIDDHARTHA's 1998 psychedelic beauty is a top ten for me for that year. As on their two previous albums GEVENDE once again features trumpet and viola but this time around we have guests adding sax, violin, viola, violincello plus the trumpet player of GEVENDE also plays flugelhorn now. In other words we get what sounds like orchestral music to my ears. The multi strings and horns are normally something I'm not into but it works here. I like the singer's voice as it's always familiar sounding in a good way. The music is almost always pleasant and while I consider how I'm describing the music I'm realizing this isn't music I'd normally be into but I'm so into this album. It's fairly straightforward as well as I liked it from the first spin while their debut took me many listens before I finally grasped the sound.

"Omelas" opens with these intricate sounds that come and go. Drums kick in before a minute and dominate the sound but soon it's fuller and vocals arrive around 1 1/2 minutes. Catchy stuff that becomes impressive instrumentally before 3 minutes as the vocals step aside until they return at 3 1/2 minutes. Not a bad opener, quite pleasant. "Tophane'de Gunesli Gunier" has relaxed horns and not much else to start but then synths take over after a minute then intricate guitar with bass. It turns orchestral with strings and horns. It does turn more powerful before 5 minutes as the horns and strings continue.

"Sossiz Gibi Bir Yea" is uptempo and drum led with vocals. Horns, guitar, strings and more help out. Again pleasant is the word. A calm before 4 minutes with piano before it starts to build but then smooth horns end it. "Kirinardi" is one of my favourites on here for the emotion I feel when listening to it. Picked guitar as the vocals join in. Love the sound here. Violin and horns after 1 1/2 minutes as the vocals step aside. They return after 2 minutes. "Saroyan" is uptempo with drums and horns leading the way. Soon smooth horns take the lead. Nice.

"Aglaya Aglaya" has this beautifully picked guitar with bass as strings and vocals join in. Gorgeous sound to this one and the atmosphere helps. Sax before 3 1/2 minutes as the picked guitar and bass continue. Great song! "Ters Okyanus" is different as we get some tension with the forced drumming, atmosphere and other sounds that come and go until it all kicks in beautifully just before a minute. Vocals 1 1/2 minutes in and horns follow. Guitar to the fore after 3 1/2 minutes as the vocals step aside. Love how it builds almost to the end.

"Domino"opens with picked guitar? and then we're hit with a full sound that is quite powerful and catchy. Vocals a minute in and they sound treated. Nice driving rhythm here and we get synths as well before 2 1/2 minutes. Then it's the guitar standing out. "Vertigo" opens with drums and there's some depth to the sound here as the tempo picks up. This is surprisingly heavy then the horns kick in. Growly guitar replaces the horns but then the horns are back 2 minutes in. Then these theatrical spoken vocals arrive. Interesting stuff.

The music has changes from album to album but this is such a talented band. The music here is a bit of a paradox for me but I like it anyways. Wait a minute...

Review by siLLy puPPy
COLLABORATOR PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams
4 stars Turkey has never been a nation that comes to mind when thinking of more progressive styles of music especially in a rock context but there have been a few acts that have created interestingly progressive music since all the way back in the 70s including Barış Man'on, Moğollar as well as Cem Karaca & Dervişan. While technically classified as progressive rock, these early bands adapted the local flavors of Anatolian rock which infuses the elements of Turkish folk music along with psychedelic tones and textures. However in the 21st century more and more bands have forsaken the ethnic sounds in favor of joining the greater world of prog. Nemrud has become one of Turkey's most recognized psychedelic space rock bands and Replikas has crafted a unique hybrid of Anatolian rock with German flavored Krautrock. 
GEVENDE has become one of Turkey's top prog bands since its formation in the year 2000. Having taken its name from a Kurdish musical instrument, this band started out as one of the many fusionist bands that blended the Anatolian flavors with the compositional heft of progressive rock but over time has steadily decreased the local flavors and adopted a more worldly approach. After the band released its debut 'Ev' in 2006, the band toured extensively through the silk road destinations of Iran, Pakistan, India and even Nepal to give various concerts and then quickly followed up with a European tour. With all that exposure to different cultures GEVENDE found its distinctly Turkish sounds of its early years giving way to a more diverse palette.

'Kırınardı' is the band's four album (if you count the 2014 original soundtrack 'Monochroma') and still features the same lineup of Ahmet Kenan Bilgi' (guitar, vocals), 'mer 'zt'yen (viola), Can 'mer Uygan (trumpet), Okan Kaya (bass, lute, cumbus) and G'k'e G'r'ay (drums) since the band's inception which is a miracle in its own right. GEVENDE's sound has evolved quite a bit since its debut which engaged in a unique blend of Anatolian rock, psychedelic folk and avant-prog with the following 'Sen Balık Değilsin ki' got more wild with heavier doses of prog rock and avant-garde jazz as well as moments of post-rock. 'Kırınardı' tamps down the jazzy elements and produces a more dreamy progressive folk styled album with only the final tracks 'Domino' and 'Vertigo' offering some more upbeat rockers.

Despite its international recognition, GEVENDE has remained a Turkish band and has experienced all the turbulence of recent years. This album came out in 2017 and reflects the detached escapist tendencies in full fusion form. According to guitarist / vocalist Ahmet K. Bilgi', the album was crafted to create a space for hope amongst incessant worries about daily survival. 'Omeias' begins with some ethnic flavors but the album quickly becomes a more contemplative mix of atmospheric synthesizers and proggy grooves and rhythms reminding me somewhat of a more ethnic version of Porcupine Tree especially around the 'Lightbulb Sun' timeline as the production is impeccable and the space rock effects are in full gear but much of the album is on the folkier side with light fluffy melodies enveloped by acoustic passages and intricately designed interpolations of percussive drive. While not as jazzy as the uptempo albums of the past, the trumpet offers a smooth jazz pastiche to the mix.

In addition to the five main players there are also guest musicians that provide saxophone sounds, violin, viola and cello so this album has much more of a chamber rock feel than previous albums. While every song is excellent the album does feel a little disjointed in that the first seven tracks are sung in the Turkish language and are more ethereal and contemplative while the final two tracks 'Domino' and 'Vertigo' are much more energetic, return the ethnic flavors accompanied by hefty rock guitar grooves and are sung in English (i think!) Overall this is a great album although a little puzzling why it is bookended with such different sounds. Probably could've had the tracks placed better but not a real biggie as GEVENDE are talented musicians that deliver some excessively atmospheric awesomeness.

Review by Sagichim
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars I've been waiting for a long time to Gevende to finally release their third album. After the previous phenomenal Sen Balik Deglisin Ki which I consider to be one of the best and my most special albums in my collection, I was wondering how would they follow that album and will they keep the same high quality. Well first of all they didn't, but listening to the album I'm not sure they were going for the same ambitious kind of songwriting. The songs this time are shorter and bear a much simpler approach, although not straight forward in any way, it doesn't require your full attention to fully understand the album.

Gevende's beautiful and lush trademark sound is still intact, the instrumentation on top of the basic instruments include trumpet, violin, viola, saxophone, flugelhorn and synths, so all compositions as always sound rich and lovely. The music is less rocky this time, guitars stay in the backround for the most part and just add to the rich sound. The compositions are more in a song format rather than a development of ideas, this is of course not a bad thing it just brings the overall feeling that this effort is less progressive. The progressive element remains in the boundaries of the songs and is usually reflected by various instruments and their beautiful, diverse and rich sound.

Gevende's strength as always lies in the song atmosphere, the band has become masters of creating those captivating and dreamy soundscapes, I love how they easily mix their ethnic influences with some smooth cool jazz, mostly done with the most beautiful trumpet sounds you'll ever hear, another strong side of the band is the vocals which are always pleasant sung in their native tongue and also what I believe to be Kurdish. There are two instrumentals here which makes the album to sound a bit more progressive Tophanede Güneşli Günler and Saroyan. What ends the album are a couple of more upbeat or should I say rocky compositions, strangely placed right at the end, until that part the album is quite pastoral. Especially check out the closing track Vertigo which sounds the most progressive tune out of the album and is mostly instrumental, too bad it's too short.

So overall this is with no doubt a good album, the material is good but I'm definitely not blown away by anything. This is a good album to close your eyes and relax to, like having someone gently caressing your face or giving you a foot massage. Don't expect anything daring, demanding or out of the box like in their previous album, but if you're already a fan of the band this could be another good addition to your collection just know what you're getting. 3 stars.

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4 stars Very pleasant, at times really beautiful and moderately progressive rock with a few jazz influences. I appreciate the driving bass rhythm, melodic keyboard lines, quite a lot of violin and trumpets, and that the guitars stay in the background where the acoustic is not plucking the pace. However, the ... (read more)

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