Amsterdam-based Turkish psych folk band Altın Gün join us for their London debut this spring.
The band is the brainchild of bassist Jasper Verhulst, who after touring as a member of Jacco Gardner’s band in Istanbul, became enamoured 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.