Hidden Gem #15: Derya Yildirim & Grup Şimşek – Nem Kaldi

Derya Yildirim & Grup Şimşek - Nem Kaldi

Brand new Anatolian Psych-Pop sensation ! 4 heart-melting gems where Turkish Folk meets groove and electric action !

Young singer/multi-instrumentist Derya Yıldırım teams up with fantastic drummer Greta Eacott (G-Bop Orchestra / One-Take records) and 3 quarters of Catapulte Records’ Orchestre du Montplaisant (Antonin Voyant, Graham Mushnik, Andrea Piro).

With members originating from Turkey, Germany, France, Italy and Great Britain, Grup Şimşek (pronounce « Shimshek ») encapsulates the Outernational generation.

Their debut EP kicks off with legendary Aşık Mahzuni Serif’s Nem Kaldı, a groovy lament with killer melodyline, where saz and synth wave through a stream of wah-wah guitar arpeggios.

Graham Mushnik-penned instrumental 3,2,2,3 is a 5/4 psychedelic mover lead by the acid sounds of the organ – a subtle tribute to the architects of Anatolian Rock Moğollar ?

On side B, Derya delivers a splendid interpretation of Özdemir Erdoğan’s song Gurbet. Gurbet is a Turkish word describing a particular form of homesickness: watching from afar as things turn bad in your homeland.

Davet, a Grup Şimşek composition, is a dancey, Saz-lead song likely to shake many dancefloors with emotion. The lyrics are drawn from a poem by Nazım Hikmet, father of modern Turkish poetry.

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