Gaye Su Akyol: Hologram Imparatorlugu

Hologram Imparatorlugu

Gaye Su Akyol

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  • Release Date 11 November 2016
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Vinyl LP
Glitterbeat Records

Istanbul has a deep, layered history. From its beginnings as a fishing village to one of the pillars of the Roman world. Across the centuries the city drew in cultures and blended them. Growing up there, singer-songwriter Gaye Su Akyol breathed all that in every day. Those rich traditions combine to form part of the sound she’s developed on her album Hologram Imparatorlugu (Hologram Empire), where sultry Turkish melodies twine around spiky, twanging guitars and insistent rhythms.

But that, and the old music on Turkish Radio Television that she internalized, were only parts of the mix that helped shape her sound. She was constantly seeking out the new and the different, something to set off sparks in her emotions.

“When I heard Nirvana’s Nevermind for the first time, my mind blew up. I discovered other Seattle bands, then people like Nick Cave, Joy Division, Sonic Youth, and Einstürzende Neubaten. A bit later I heard Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit.” The dark, mellow mood of the music, the use of the instruments and the vocal technique of Grace Slick greatly inspired me and led me into psychedelia and then surf bands. What they all did seemed to fit with older Turkish singers I loved like Selda Bagcan and Müzeyyen Senar.”

By then Akyol was already part of a new underground music scene that had sprung up in Istanbul. A military coup in the 1980s led to a repression of rock across the country. After a decade the government’s grip was beginning to loosen, and Akyol became part of the new wave of music, exploring the mix of old Turkish music and rock that she heard in her head.

That first disc seeded the ground. The new album, Hologram Imparatorlugu, bears the full fruit of the partnership. It digs deeper, fired with a seductive, shadowy passion. The thick swirl of Oriental strings on “Hologram” plunges towards the heated boil of “Fantastikir Bahti Yarimin.” The dark lullaby of “Dünya Kaleska” weaves a haunted post-punk spell before building to the album’s climax “Berdus,” where spaghetti western guitar cracks over a propulsive rhythm and a sensuous Anatolian melody. The sound is cinematic and gorgeous and Gaye’s luminous voice brilliantly orchestrates these shifting moods.

1. Hologram
2. Akil Olmayinca
3. Kendimin Efendisiyim Ben
4. Fantastiktir Bahti Yarimin
5. Kendimden Kacmaktan
6. Dünya Kaleska
7. Eski Tüfek
8. Uzat Sacini Istanbul
9. Nargile
10. Anlasana Sana Asigim
11. Mona Lisa
12. Berdus