• DERYA YILDIRIM & GRUP ŞIMŞEK – Nem Kaldı LP (Restock)
Brand new Anatolian Psych-Pop sensation ! 4 heart-melting gems where Turkish Folk meets groove and electric action !
Young singer/multi-instrumentist Derya Yıldırım teams up with fantastic drummer Greta Eacott (G-Bop Orchestra / One-Take records) and 3 quarters of Catapulte Records' Orchestre du Montplaisant (Antonin Voyant, Graham Mushnik, Andrea Piro).
With members originating from Turkey, Germany, France, Italy and Great Britain, Grup Şimşek (pronounce « Shimshek ») encapsulates the Outernational generation.
Their debut EP kicks off with legendary Aşık Mahzuni Serif's Nem Kaldı, a groovy lament with killer melodyline, where saz and synth wave through a stream of wah-wah guitar arpeggios.
Graham Mushnik-penned instrumental 3,2,2,3 is a 5/4 psychedelic mover lead by the acid sounds of the organ – a subtle tribute to the architects of Anatolian Rock Moğollar ?
On side B, Derya delivers a splendid interpretation of Özdemir Erdoğan's song Gurbet.
Gurbet is a Turkish word describing a particular form of homesickness: watching from afar as things turn bad in your homeland.
Davet, a Grup Şimşek composition, is a dancey, Saz-lead song likely to shake many dancefloors with emotion. The lyrics are drawn from a poem by Nazım Hikmet, father of modern Turkish poetry.
Unlike in Western Pop culture, Turkish Pop music rather lives from traditionalised songs and endless ways of reimagining these. Grup Şimşek take the righteous and rich Turkish poetry to the future whilst not losing awareness of the past.
Grup Şimşek have already hit the stage in Germany, UK, France, Italy and Switzerland (F.K.A. Intercommunal Orchestra) and are planning some more... Anatolian invasion on its way !