[Music] Ataşehir – AVM

Ambient as a cool breeze meeting a calming shopping experience.  Oxymoronic, I know, but humor me a bit. This description fits this release from Ataşehir (an alias of the ever-wonderful project and friend to this blog, Sumatran Black).  AVM in a Turkish acronym for alışveriş merkezi, which translates into supermarket or shopping mall, though I […]

[Music] Selen Gülün – Many Faces

I’ve had the pleasure of following Selen Gülün’s work for about five years now, and her albums keep getting more and more interesting.  Many Faces sounds like a work straddling the line between music, theater and painting.  The sounds are delicate, graceful, but never sappy.  The vocals are crisp and sharp, with no feeling of […]

[Music] Various Artists – Black Pearl Records: Bosporus Bridges Vol. 3

Black Pearl deserves high praise for releasing this retrospective series on some of the wildest funk, psychedelic, beat and jazz records to come out of Turkey. The names aren’t famous, but damn it, they should be. From Black Pearl’s Bandcamp site: A wide selection of rare Turkish funk, jazz, beat and psychedelic music from the […]

[Music] Braderin – Anger Is A Gift

An unsolicited release came into my email box a few weeks ago from the band Braderin, and I finally have time to check it out.  It’s a crunchy piece of ambient music, and EP’s worth of music that reminds me of the 1980s post-Industrial cassette culture.  Somewhat occultish, perhaps influenced by sci-fi films. A really […]

[Music] Various Artists – Don’t Let Me Be Lost To You B​-​Sides: Albanian, Armenian, Greek, Jewish & Turkish Music from the Me Re, Balkan, Metropolitan & Kaliphon Labels

Canary Records owner (and a rather fine experimental musician himself) Ian Nagoski should be commended for his work in bringing to life so many wonderful albums from the turn of the 20th Century cut by Balkan and Jewish musicians who left their home countries and made quite good names for themselves in places like New […]