Gaye Su Akyol – Hologram ĭmparatoluğu (4 stars)

Gaye Su Akyol – Hologram ĭmparatoluğu

Intoxicating Turkish surf-noir from Istanbul singer

Hologram Ĭmparatorluğu (Hologram Empire) is the first international album release by Istanbul singer Gaye Su Akyol, and it's an intoxicating listen, blending traditional Turkish song with surf rock and desert noir atmospherics. Akyol cites Nick Cave as an influence, and it's tempting to think of backing band Bubituzak as her Bad Seeds, draping a dark velvet cape around her gorgeous vocals. But Hologram Ĭmparatorluğu has a character all its own. Comparisons can be drawn to great Turkish singers like Selda Bağcan, whose psychedelic funk arrangements of Anatolian folk songs have gained a cult Western following, but Akyol's melodies have a sensuous quality which recalls older forms of Turkish pop.

Out now on Glitterbeat.

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