Hear the sound of Anatolia like nothing you’ve heard from here in the last fifty years.
It is like a piece of precious jewelry for us to hear them because their music reminds us the best time for Turkish music, the 1970s, when many genres mixed with each other and Anatolian Rock occurred above psychedelic, progressive and Turkish folk.
Altın Gün appeared in the doors opened by Barış Manço, Selda Bağcan, Erkin Koray and a Turkish folk legend Neşet Ertaş in the 1970s. They are mixing Turkish folk with funk rhythms, wah guitars, and analog organs just like all these pioneers mentioned above tried 50 years ago.
The band members have different backgrounds (Turkish, Indonesian, Dutch), which enrich their music too and add a precious value on what they are producing.
In “Gece”, there are many beautiful songs but the first video came to “Süpürgesi Yoncadan”, composed by Muzaffer Sarısözen who knows when and arranged by Altın Gün. It has a beautiful animation produced by Sylvain Rusques and Simon Moreaux.
In the recent weeks, they also shared a live performance of another song from “Gece” called “Leyla”. It was recorded in Amsterdam, live at Vondelbunker. When you hear their music both live and from the records, I’m sure you will keep listening to all their albums and songs.
Also, please check their legendary KEXP performance.
Here are the members of the team: Ben Rider (guitar), Daniel Smienk (drums), Jasper Verhulst (bass), Merve Daşdemir (vocals), Erdinç Yıldız Ecevit (saz, keys, vocals), and Gino Groenveld (percussion).
Although they are not living in Turkey (sometimes they come and play), it is great to have them and witness them showing the power of this land’s music to the world.
Photo: Mathieu Geser