Picture: Altın Gün by Catharina Gerritsen

Altın Gün at Columbiahalle / Sunday, 23.04.2023

In April Altin Gün return to Germany to play their biggest German venues yet.

The recent announcement of their 5th album “Aşk” (translated to “deeper feeling of love”) marks an exuberant return to the 70s Anatolian folk-rock sound that characterised Altın Gün’s first two albums. The album is a record that radiates the infectious energy found in the Amsterdam-based sextet’s celebrated live performances and next levels the group’s ground breaking sonic palette of Turkish psychedelic groove pop, sci-fi disco and dreamy acid folk.

Aşk is the closest the band have come so far to capturing the infectious energy of their live performances. “It’s definitely connecting more with a live sound – almost like a live album,” says bassist Jasper Verhulst. “We, as a band, just going into a rehearsal space together and creating music together instead of demoing at home.”

“We didn’t record it like we did the last album,” agrees vocalist Merve Daşdemir. “We basically produced that one at home because of the pandemic. Now we’ve gone back to recording live on tape.”

“We took a very traditional approach to recording a rock album, like in the 70s,” Verhulst adds. In this instance, that doesn’t just mean getting six musicians together in a room with a few microphones. “It’s also about the gear that we are using,” says Verhulst, “the tape and everything.”

There’s also a deliberate return to the source in the material they’ve chosen for this album. All ten tracks are new readings of traditional Turkish folk tunes, revealing how these ancient songs remain eternally resonant and ripe for reinterpretation. “These songs have been covered so many times, always,” says Daşdemir “But not really in psychedelic pop versions,” Verhulst adds.

How many more worlds do Altın Gün visit in the joyful expedition that Aşk is? The single “Rakiya Su Katamam” is glowering space rock as though Gong had taken a stopover on the Bosphorus. The song “Canim Oy” is a psychedelic freak-beat stomper from a world where Istanbul’s Kadiköy district was the Carnaby Street of the east. “Güzelliğin On Para Etmez” is a dreamy acid-folk anthem. And the finale, “Doktor Civanim,” is an irresistible slice of sci-fi disco camp with lava-lamp synth squiggles that wouldn’t sound out of place next to Barış Manço’s “Ben Bilirim.”

Fresh yet timeless. Rooted in antiquity yet yearning for heavenly futures. Aşk wants to take you places. All you have to do is strap yourself in.

Altın Gün

Sunday, 23.4.2023 | Doors 18:30 CET | Starts 20:00 CET
Columbiahalle | Columbiadamm 13-21 | 10965 Berlin

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