January 30, 2019

Umut Adan | Bahar

ARTIST: Umut Adan
TITLE: Bahar
LABEL: Riverboat
As American and British rock spread across the world in the 1960s, Turkish musicians like Erkin Koray, Baris Manco and Cem Karaka energized and modernized folk and traditional music by adding the new sounds of garage and psychedelic rock. The result was called Anatolian rock and it’s for me it’s one of the great musical hybrids, closely related to what bands like the Byrds and Fairport Convention were doing. Cratediggers have brought many Anatolian rock chestnuts back to life; now here’s an artist directly inspired by that period. Umut Adan is an Istanbul native currently living in Italy who Jack White chose to open on his Turkish tour; on Adan’s first international album he’s working with producers Liam Watson (the White Stripes’ engineer) and Marco Fasolo (of the Italian psych band Jennifer Gentle). The result is a revelation: a set of eleven superb songs steeped in gorgeous Turkish traditional melodies, shot through with vintage psych rock detail – it’s where baglama saz and the Mellotron meet. As Turkey veers backwards toward authoritarianism and fundamentalism, the sound of Anatolian rock couldn’t be more timely. Don’t miss this one.
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