Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Edip Akbayram - "Yapraklara Dallara" (1982)

I wanted to follow up  Las Grecas with something sonically related, if geographically distant. While there are a host of compilations (almost all of them outstanding) devoted to the Turkish rock scene of the '60s and '70s, and the majority of Istanbul's major musical figures and many of its minor ones have had their albums reissued and made available in the West, I think the year 1980 has been a bit of a cutoff point, and maybe not entirely without reason. Unfortunately, it would be a mistake not to give this 1982 LP a listen. It's got all of the synth-driven, ethnic dancefloor glory and Arabic modal melodies that make Catalan rumba so fascinating, except here Mr. Akbayram applies this tried and true treatment to Turkish folksongs, with equally enthralling results. Check it out:

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