In Review: Altin Gün - 'Yüce Dağ Başında'

Their latest single sees Amsterdam's Anatolian retro rockers edge further toward a flirtatious, dancefloor-ready hedonism.
Posted: 21 January 2021 Words: Charlie Bristow

Amsterdam’s exciting Anatolian psych-pop band Altin Gün have revealed their latest charming single 'Yüce Dağ Başındafrom upcoming album, Yol,  the band’s second instalment from their third record set for release on February 26th. Their unique modernisation of Turkish folk classics remains fresh and exotic, adding to their ever-growing popularity and spellbinding vibrancy. 

Blending varying cultures, Altin Gün's new single expertly weaves inspired nods to disco and 80s synth-pop into a sustained, percussive Eastern soundtrack. This, paired with the band's main asset in singer Merve Daşdemir's playful, alluring vocal, edges them further toward a flirtatious, dancefloor-ready hedonism than they've not yet explored with their distinct brand of psychedelia. The Turkish language being notoriously difficult to translate only adds to the mystique. 

Having now released two tracks from the album, Altin Gün, whilst veering away from the guitar-rooted psych-rock from their previous albums are still set on reintroducing Turkish folk into the modern age. The groovy disco dynamic is an ambitious sonic step forward, possibly foreshadowing themes of the album’s and artist’s approach, yet slotting in perfectly within their traditional Turkish constituents. 

Being the follow up to 2019's Grammy-nominated album Gece, Altin Gün have set a substantial bar to meet with Yol. Confident predictions however are that they'll will take it in their stride to deliver their danciest and most dizzying effort yet.

Yol is out on 26th February via Glitterbeat Records.

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