Stay Golden with Altin Gün
Here’s to another big week of music on 2SER! The new music review is where we connect you with some of the best from around the world, so read on, click through to our Spotify playlist and enjoy it all on 2SER.
SERvin’ Up! – w/c April 16, 2018
Space Invadas – Wild World (Feature Album)
Altin Gün – On
Stonefield – Far From Earth
Malena Zavala – Aliso
King Tuff – The Other
Ryan Downey – Running
Partials – Glossolalia
Alice Skye – Friends With Feelings
The Moondoggies – A Love Sleeps Deep
Based out of Amsterdam, Altin Gün (Golden Day) bring us their debut album On. The group began when bassist Jasper Verhulst became fascinated with Turkish music from the 60s and 70s after touring with Jacco Gardner through Istanbul. Returning home, he enlisted members of various backgrounds (Turkish, Dutch and Indonesian) and together they took apart Turkish traditional folk songs and re-arranged them through a psychedelic and funk lens. Blending raw and aqueous riffs played on the saz (also called a bağlama or cura), wah-wah electric guitars and sweltering analogue organs, these covers are rich, upbeat and downright danceable. The group also took inspiration from older generations of Turkish musicians like, Baris Manço, Selda Bağcan, and Erkin Koray who similarly took childhood folk songs, otherwise heard only in formal festive occasions, and injected in them with modern sounds from their times.
Stonefield return with their third album Far From Earth. On new label home Flightless Records (King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Babe Rainbow), the group moves towards punchier prog-rock and heavy metal sounds. There’s still the indelible markings of 70s psychedelia but trading in the poppier sides of that, we get sludgy guitars, droney synths and glam-rock melodies.
Finally, we lose ourselves in dreamy and experimental folk-pop from Malena Zavala. Born in Argentina and raised in London, Zavala’s debut album Aliso sees her exploring her cultural identity, self-doubt, acceptance and the miscommunication between cultures. Lush and laid back melodies, textured harmonies and stately haunting vocals. A captivating and slow-burning record.
Plus new singles from Jenny Hval, Lithics, Kevin Krauter, Cash Savage and the Last Drinks, Ryley Walker, and solo work from Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen and BadBadNotGood’s Matty.