Gaye Su Akyol
 
 
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Istanbul has a deep, layered history. From its beginnings as a fishing village to one of the pillars of the Roman world. The final stop on the Silk Road. The centre of the Ottoman Empire as the Turks spread their huge net across the Middle East. Across the centuries the city drew in cultures and blended them. Growing up there, singer-songwriter Gaye Su Akyol breathed all that in every day, along with her family’s ancient roots in Anatolia. Those rich traditions combine to form part of the sound she’s developed on her album Hologram Ĭmparatorluğu (Hologram Empire), where sultry Turkish melodies twine around spiky, twanging guitars and insistent rhythms. “It’s a cliché, but the city is a bridge that combines cultures, and that’s very true in music, especially the Greek influence,” Akyol explains. “When I was young, we visited Anatolia every year. I had the chance to observe and realise the different perspectives and practices of cultures. That made me feel closer to the diversity of Anatolian civilisation.”

But that, and the old music on Turkish Radio Television that she internalized, were only parts of the mix that helped shape her sound. She was constantly seeking out the new and the different, something to set off sparks in her emotions. “When I heard Nirvana’s Nevermind for the first time, my mind blew up. I discovered other Seattle bands, then people like Nick Cave, Joy Division, Sonic Youth, and Einstürzende Neubaten. A bit later I heard Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit.” The dark, mellow mood of the music, the use of the instruments and the vocal technique of Grace Slick greatly inspired me and led me into psychedelia and then surf bands. What they all did seemed to fit with older Turkish singers I loved like Selda Bağcan and Müzeyyen Senar.”

By then Akyol was already part of a new underground music scene that had sprung up in Istanbul. A military coup in the 1980s led to a repression of rock across the country. After a decade the government’s grip was beginning to loosen, and Akyol became part of the new wave of music, exploring the mix of old Turkish music and rock that she heard in her head.

“Your own culture is important; your parents and grandparents give it to you,” she notes. “No culture is better than any other. I studied as an anthropologist; I know that. So I began finding my culture and mixing it, balancing the traditional and modern elements in my music. My art, my sound. People focus so much on the technical part, but you have to look inside to find out what you want to do. You have to say something new. I want to change the world forever.” The daughter of acclaimed Turkish painter Muzaffer Akyol, Akyol earned a degree in social anthropology and worked as an artist before creating music took over. She experimented, feeling her way towards her vision. And when she met the band Bubituzak, something clicked. They understood what she was doing; they became part of her art. Together they recorded her debut, Develerle Yaşıyorum, in 2013, following it with acclaimed, masked performances in Turkey and at festivals across Europe. “I love masks,” Akyol laughs. “They bring mystery and fun, flexibility and a psychedelic aesthetic. Since Bubituzak are already a band, we want to use masks to cover their faces in a mysterious and symbolic way.”

That first disc seeded the ground. The new album, Hologram Ĭmparatorluğu, bears the full fruit of the partnership. It digs deeper, fired with a seductive, shadowy passion. The thick swirl of Oriental strings on “Hologram” plunges towards the heated boil of “Fantastikir Bahti Yarimin.” The dark lullaby of “Dünya Kaleska” weaves a haunted post-punk spell before building to the album’s climax “Berduş,” where spaghetti western guitar cracks over a propulsive rhythm and a sensuous Anatolian melody. The sound is cinematic and gorgeous and Gaye’s luminous voice brilliantly orchestrates these shifting moods. Echoing the bittersweet tendrils of Turkey’s faded past and dramatic present, her lyrics are bold and deeply personal. At times she embraces the nocturnal and romantic: “I feel immortal by your side/As if the world will be safe/If I drink another double raki.” In other instances, she navigates the surreal and the magically real: “Look at me/I’ve become a butterfly/Come and find me/Black holes are everywhere.” And in several songs she takes a sharp look at the stark realities of Turkey’s political moment: "You sold us out well! /You have a palace but/It’s just empty four walls /Possessions mangle mortals.” It is no surprise that she cites Turkish writers like Melih Cevdet Anday and Sabahattin Ali and the English poet William Blake as crucial artistic influences. Her music, her art.

“I look for passion in music, lyrics, feelings, people, conversations. There can be no limbo, in between,” Akyol insists. “Passion talks with its very self-assured way to change something or convince someone. I believe we live in a hologram and art is my universe, so I organise the galaxies, planets, solar systems.” And in Gaye Su Akyol’s universe, the past becomes folded into the present and launched into the future. Hologram Ĭmparatorluğu is heady, powerfully intoxicating and beautifully dangerous.

“Your art is something you have to find yourself,” Akyol says. “I’m looking inside my consciousness to my culture. I love rock but there are hidden things in my subconscious. Call it Turkish art rock if you like.” Past, present, future. Her music, her art.



Gaye Su Akyol'un yeni uzunçaları Hologram İmparatorluğu, zaman makinesinin keşfinden beri en iyi icat. 1920'lerde İstanbul'da çekilen kayıp bir bilimkurgu filmin süper kahramanı gibi; hem tanıdık, hem yabancı, hem fantastik. Dunganga Records ve Glitterbeat Records'tan yayımlanan, Gaye Su Akyol ve Ali Güçlü Şimşek prodüktörlüğünde kaydedilen "Hologram İmparatorluğu", Kasım 2016 itibariyle yayında... Yine plak formatında, bu kez tüm Dünya'da!

Gaye Su Akyol'un ikinci uzunçaları "Hologram İmparatorluğu" Kasım 2016 itibariyle raflarda. Albüm, Türkiye'de kendi kurdukları Dunganga Records'tan, Dünya'da ise Alman menşeili Glitterbeat Records'tan, plak ve cd formatında yayımlanıyor. Albüm prodüktörlüğünü Akyol, Ali Güçlü Şimşek'le birlikte üstleniyor.

Gaye Su Akyol, ilk albümü "Develerle Yaşıyorum"da yakaladığı; rock'la Türk Sanat Müziği'nin, arabeskle 60'lar sci-fi estetiğinin buluştuğu, eskiyle yeninin eriyip birleştiği türler arası zaman yolculuğunu, Türk sazlarının da olaya dahil olmasıyla farklı bir boyuta taşıyor. “...Açılışı şenlendiren alaturka yaylıların yanı sıra ud, keman ve trompet, albüme renk katan enstrümanlar. Kiminde karşılıklı atışıyor bunlar, kiminde ana melodiye eşlik ediyor ya da gazelin altını ince ince işliyor…"

On iki şarkının on birinin güfte ve bestesi Akyol'a ait, dokuzunun davullarını ve bir kısmının klavyelerini kendi çalmış. Tüm düzenlemelerde ve prodüksiyonun her aşamasında Akyol'un teknik ve estetik dokunuşları var. İlk albümdeki gibi yine fantastik bir zaman ve mekan kurgusuna dahil oluyoruz.

"..Akyol, aklında kalan, onu büyüten nağmeleri ince ince şırınga ediyor müziğine. Hepimizin bildiği makamlar üzerinden ilerliyor, bunun için de şarkıları anason kokuyor ve rakıyı çağrıştırıyor. Rakının yanına Müzeyyen Senar'la birlikte Gaye Su Akyol şarkılarını iliştirmemiz, rakı içerken onun plağını döndürmemiz bundan...

...Akyol, günümüzde yeni müziğin yaratıcılarından. Kendine ait alaturka nağmeleri, yine kendine has üslubuyla yorumluyor ve onları Batı müziğiyle birleştiriyor… Bir yandan saykodelik, diğer yandan has sanat müziği! Tanımlamaya kalksanız içinden çıkamayacağınız bir "yeni" müzik –ki tek temsilcisi, şimdilik kendisi.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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UK media quotes about Gaye Su Akyol’s album 'Hologram Ĭmparatorluğu':

“A nod to the country's distinct classical musics and a force for resistance against cultural conservatism.” The Quietus (The Lead Review) “Intricate Middle Eastern rhythms, swaying strings and twang-heavy surf guitar, a meld derived from her love of Turkish stars like Selda Bagcan and imports like Grace Slick and Nirvana. Su Akyol’s voice is light but elegant, and her songs are by turns urgent (“Hologram”), sultry and romantic (“Eski Tufek”) and politically barbed (“Nargile”). The new sound of Istanbul.” **** The Observer

“Akyol is as influenced by Grace Slick, Nick Cave and Nirvana as she is by the golden voices of Turkish traditional music … This is wide-screen music, matching Akyol’s big, melodramatic vocals with spaghetti-western guitar twang, spooked-out electronics, cinematic strings and trad instrumentation. You could cut the moodiness with a knife.” fRoots

“Her music is a potent mixture full of disparate threads.” The Line of Best Fit

“Akyol’s theatrical twist on Turkey’s traditional folk forms is exhilarating – especially when her smoky voice is paired with a thumping surf rock band that rumbles away behind her … Her voice rises and falls, twists and turns like a Middle Eastern Siouxsie, with all the theatricality characteristic of the post-punk Banshees. But for all the tips of the hat to the big names of Western rock – Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick is present in spirit – Akyol’s dialogue also extends back into history, to the grainy voices of Greco-Turkish rembetika and more recently great singers such as Selda Bagcan.” New Internationalist

“An intoxicating listen, blending traditional Turkish song with surf rock and desert noir atmospherics. Akyol cites Nick Cave as an influence, and it’s tempting to think of backing band Bubituzak as her Bad Seeds, draping a dark velvet cape around her gorgeous vocals.” **** The List

“Gaye Su Akyol blends Western rock and the sounds of psychedelia with traditional Turkish-influenced melodies … Casually listening on would be a crime; simply surrender to the delirium and dance all night under the twirling sky with Gaye Su Akyol and her mythical enchanting band.” Rhythm Passport

“An enchanting and almost space-rock album … full of charm with a curious fusion of styles all blended together to create an engaging, exciting and cool album.” 8/10 Louder Than War

 
 
GAYE SU AKYOL - Hologram İmparatorluğu

Gaye Su Akyol: vocals, drums, percussion, keyboard / vokal, davul, perküsyon, klavye
Ali Güçlü Şimşek: electric & acoustic guitar, back vocal / elektrik & akustik gitar, geri vokal
Görkem Karabudak: bass & acoustic guitar, keyboard, back vocal / bas & akustik gitar, klavye, geri vokal
Alican Tezer: drums / davul (Berduş)
Emrah Atay: drums / davul (Hologram, Eski Tüfek)
İsmail Darıcı percussion / perküsyon
Ahmet Ayzit: violin / keman
Selim Boyacı: oud / ud
Hikmet Altunbaşlıer: trumpet / trompet
İstanbul Strings: strings / yaylılar (Hologram, Nargile)
Koro / Chorus: Kerem Çakıroğlu, Görkem Karabudak, agş, Emrah Atay, gsa, Tuğçe Şenoğul, Gökhan Doğum

Production / Prodüksiyon: Leyla Paşa
Producers / Prodüktör: Ali Güçlü Şimşek, Gaye Su Akyol
Studio / Stüdyo: Fade Out Studios, Uskumruköy Plaj Stüdyoları
Mix / Miks: Görkem Karabudak, AGŞ, GSA
Pro Tools Operator / PT Operatör: Kerem Çakıroğlu
Co-Pilot / Yedek Pilot: Gökhan Doğum
Mastering: Cem Büyükuzun / Surgical Mastering
Label / Plak Şirket: Glitterbeat, Leyla Paşa
Manager / Menajer: Müge Büyüktalaş

Collage / Kolaj: Sadi Güran
Cover Design / Kapak Tasarım: Aylin Güngör
Photograph / Fotoğraf: agş
Art Director / Sanat Yönetmeni: gsa

to my lovely mother / sevgili annem Nesibe Akyol'a ithafen

thanks to / teşekkürler

ahmet ayzit, arıza alptekin, ali başkan, alican tezer, aylin güngör, barlas tan özemek, bea, busen dostgül, bora akıncıtürk, bora genel, can başyiğit, can evrenol, cem kayıran, efe mert kaya, elif domaniç, gökhan doğum, hakan orman, hakan tamar, hatice başkan, hikmet altunbaşlıer, ırmak altıner, ışıl kılkış, ismail darıcı, james hakan dedeoğlu, kerem çakıroğlu, kubilay mert ural, lara kamhi, maurizio braggiotti, melikşah altuntaş, nail başkan, olmadı kaçarız, sadi güran, selda bağcan, selim boyacı, şehnaz aygül, tuğçe şenoğul, ulaş şalgam, umut akyol, yaprak aras, yekta kopan, zahmet alptekin

...and / ve

Muzaffer Akyol
GAYE SU AKYOL - Develerle Yaşıyorum

Ali Güçlü Şimşek: Elektrikli gitar, Vokal
Barlas Tan Özemek: Bas gitar
Gaye Su Akyol: Davul, Perküsyon, Klavye, Vokal
Görkem Karabudak: Cümbüş, Keman, Klavye
ve
Alican Tezer: Davul, Perküsyon (Yıllar Yılan, Cehennem Meyhanesi)

Koro +Alkış: Görkem, Aslan, Canavar Banavar, Emrah, Ali Güç, Gsa, Alican orço, Barlas Tan, Semiha, Boragenel, Sülo
Rüzgar: Kartuş, Şimşek

Yapım: Olmadı Kaçarız Plakçılık (2014)
Stüdyo: Uskumruköy Plaj Stüdyoları, Tophane Rıhtım Stüdyosu
Müzik Prodüktörü: AGŞ, GSA, BTÖ
Miks: Barlas Tan Özemek, Ali Güçlü Şimşek, Berkant "Doktor" Kılıçkap
Portatif Stüdyo ve Kayıt Danışmanlığı: Can Aykal
Mastering: Surgical Mastering
Master Mühendisi: Cem Büyükuzun
Kapak Tasarım: Alican Tezer
Fotoğraf: Barış Aktınmaz
Sanat Yönetmeni: Gülriz Sansoy
Aklımızın Ermediği İşler: Emre Aksu
 
 
EU Booking: Eiden Music Agency