KEXP at Trans Musicales: Altın Gün

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03/03/2018
KEXP

Today, we continue sharing our discoveries from the Trans Musicales festival in Rennes, France, where last December we captured twelve exclusive sessions. We’re sharing with you one unique session per week, and you can watch all the previously released ones here. This week’s feature is of Altın Gün.

DJ Morgan says of the band:

Based out of Amsterdam, Altın Gün was the brainchild of bassist Jasper Verhulst who after touring as a member of Jacco Gardner’s band (check out their KEXP session from 2015 here) in Istanbul, became enamored with Turkish music from the 60s and 70s. He dug through the crates and collected records from the classic Turkish psych and folk artists and decided to form a band that plays the traditional Turkish standard songs. He recruited other members from Jacco Gardner’s band (Ben Rider and Nic Mauskovic) and filled out the rest of the lineup by putting a call out on Facebook for Turkish musicians, where he successfully found Merve Dasdemir and Erdinc Yildiz Ecevit. The results are lovely and compelling, fusing more modern psych-rock elements with the Turkish singing style of Merve and Erdinc, who also plays the traditional Turkish stringed instrument called the saz (also called a bağlama) which is unique in that the frets are movable so it can make less common and very melodic scales.

They played a set of traditional standard songs from well-known Turkish folk singer and saz virtuoso Neşet Ertaş for their session here at Trans Musicales which they absolutely slayed. We cannot wait to get this session into your ears, you will not be able to sit still while listening to these bangers.  

Watch our live session below.

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