Following the success of their debut album On, Amsterdam-based Turkish band Altin Gün came through with their second full-length album titled Gece, near the end of April. This psychedelic rock release is sublime, with high-energy wailing guitars and grooves that just make me bop my head endlessly. It’s like an awesome jam session that lasts for 37 minutes.
The heaviness of “Leyla” reminds me of some of Tame Impala’s older releases, with stunning vocals throughout and a fuzziness that really does sound psychedelic and wacked out. The smooth, funky bassline on “Anlatmam Derdimi” is stunning, whilst the guitar solo and groove on “Derdimi Dökersem” is breathtakingly good. The bağlama melodies throughout the record are mesmerising, and some of their grooves really do put you in this cosmic trance. “Kolbastı” is an example of this, with high paced saz and guitar grooves combined with high-energy guitar energy and wailing synths in the background. It is just amazing. The album ends in an interesting way with “Süpürgesi Yoncadan,” with it’s thick, funky synths that bring this futuristic, disco-vibe. It doesn’t necessarily fit the tone with the rest of the album, but it’s a unique and captivating piece of music, especially with its thumping bass, synths and electronic effects that sound like it’s straight from the Stranger Things soundtrack. An awesome release that deserves all the praise in the world.
Listen to Altin Gün’s stunning new album Gece below via Bandcamp and don’t forget to support! Released via Glitterbeat Records.