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Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek

Anatolian folk via psych pop band based in Berlin

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Armando Bellmas
Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek

Today on Ecléctico you're listening to Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek, a band that turns Anatolian folk ballads from southwest Asia into psychedelic pop tunes. You'll go deeper with a short write up on the band on Music Is My Sanctuary.

"Hop Çerkez" by Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek
2021 | Anatolian folk via psych pop band based in Berlin

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Excerpt from a feature on Music Is My Sanctuary:
Anatolian psych-pop sensations Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek (pronounced ‘Shimshek’)...[are] fronted by Berlin based, Turkish singer and multi-instrumentalist Derya Yıldırım, with members spread across France and Great Britain. The group is known for its contemporary takes on traditional Anatolian folk ballads whilst drawing on a heady mix of psychedelia, jazz and the omnivorous pop universe of the present day.

After the success of 2019’s debut Kar Yağar, a rousing, psychedelic take on traditional Anatolian folk songs and originals inspired in part by the legendary Turkish poet Nâzım Hikmet Ran, [2021's] six-track release sees the band once again cast a contemporary light on old Anatolian classics, as well as offering a selection of innovative original compositions. Led by Yıldırım’s vocals and bağlama (Turkish lute), the album features intricate yet dancey arrangements, where noodling bass and atmospheric organ chords collide to spectacular effect. “We always want to push our sounds further, and constantly evolve,” says Yıldırım.

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