KAMURAN AKKOR (Pharaway Sounds/2015)

1 Mai

imageIf you’ve been following the recent string of Turkish psych reissues via the Pharaway label, you are already familiar with the rock & roll sounds of great artists like Edip Akbayram, Derdiyoklar Ikilisi, Erkin Koray, and Cem Karaca, to name a few. All employ a similar means to an end: a tight rhythm section churning funky beats into Turkish-inflected, soaring melodic guitars and bellowing vocals. One of my personal highlights of these fascinating discoveries are records by the mysterious protest singer Selda, one of the very few women to burst out of that scene. Now, arabesque singer Kâmuran Akkor’s rare recordings are finally seeing proper reissue, with the complete collected singles released by Istanbul Plak between 1971 and 1975, adding another powerful female voice to the mix. With tons of shifting disco percussion and analog synth, the sound on many of these tracks is immediately striking with a pop-like sensibility and defined choruses. While some songs employ washes of strings, cosmic keyboards, and echoed bongo drums, Akkor’s sound combines Eastern, Western and otherworldly music, and is absolutely essential for lovers of that infectious era in Turkish rock, as well as the more psychedelic moments of Francoise Hardy’s discography!

 

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