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Erkin Koray


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.04 | 23 ratings

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5 stars The Turkish scene of psychedelic rock is not always as bright as what we hear on this album.

This album features some traditional Turkish folk songs as powerful psych rock, and it does wonderfully. The melancholy inside the lyrics, the special voice of Erkin Koray and psychedelic jamming comes together to form a great energy with some very special feelings that you might not be able to get from other albums.

I've always considered most of the traditional songs' beauty depend on psychedelia that is unintendedly involved. For traditional Turkish music, this idea is valid. You can feel this easily on some of Erkan Oğur's albums as well. But here, this album represents them on true psychedelic form, with rock drumming, heavy guitars, jazzy bass guitar and all.

Though some songs are not traditional. "Korkulu Rüya" is a frightening short trip. "Yalnızlar Rıhtımı" is a song written by Erkin Koray, which is a back-step from the overall style of the album. Because it doesn't use the signature sounds of Turkish music. It's a great song though. I enjoy it very much.

"Cemalım" is again a traditional song, which is my favourite on the album. "İnat" is a powerful rock guitar solo with interesting percussion.

The last song is another trip. It features a poem from the famous socialist Turkish poet Nazım Hikmet. 8 minutes of spoken words and psychedelic instrumentation and effects. Great use of flutes and the Turkish guitar-like instrument "bağlama".

I'm going to say it again: The traditional songs are performed so well here that this is a must-listen for every Turkish rock listener. I recommend giving it a listen even if you're not Turkish, because you'll surely enjoy the psychedelia presented here.

Overall instrumentation is superb with the classic rock instruments and the Turkish instruments highly involved. These guys are very talented musicians. With Erkin Koray's great musical mind and the other's wonderful jamming, they recorded this wonderful album, full of trips and great representation of Turkish music. Recommended to anyone who would give a listen to something from the Turkish rock scene of 60s and 70s.

5-star songs: Cemalım, Hele Yar, Karlı Dağlar, Sır, Yalnızlar Rıhtımı. 4-star songs: Türkü, İnat. 3-star songs: Korkulu Rüya.

talha | 5/5 |


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