ALTIN GÜN IS BACK WITH A?K; A NEW LIVE STUDIO ALBUM
THE GRAMMY® AWARD-NOMINATED TURKISH PSYCH-FOLK INNOVATOR RETURNS WITH A GROUNDBREAKING NEW COLLECTION OF REINVENTED, ANATOLIAN FOLK SONGS.
Hailing from Amsterdam but coming from various backgrounds, Alt?n Gün has captured the world’s imagination with an indelible fusion, for over five years now. The band combines psychedelic rock, deep funk, synthpop, cosmic reggae, and more with the rich and incredibly diverse traditions of Anatolian and Turkish folk music. Debut album On (2018) quickly captured the world’s attention and a year later the band earned a prestigious GRAMMY® Award nomination for “Best World Album” with it’s sophomore LP Gece (2019).
“This much raw virtuoso – without any sign of showing off – gets the audience going immediately” – 3voor12 vpro (freely translated from Dutch)
After two years of recording separately from home during the pandemic and releasing Âlem and Yol (2021) as a result, the band members of Alt?n Gün now recorded a live album in the studio again, called A?k. This album sees Alt?n Gün swinging away from the electronic, synth-drenched sound of their home-recorded albums, to capture all the infectious power and urgency of the band’s famously, propulsive live performances. A?k (2023) therefore marks a new start for the band, that is ready to tour the world again.
Recorded using vintage equipment and techniques, the ten groundbreaking tracks on A?k all represent visionary new readings of traditional Turkish folk tunes, revealing how these ancient songs remain eternally resonant and ripe for reinterpretation. This results in an exuberant return to the 70s Anatolian folk-rock sound that has characterized Alt?n Gün’s first two albums.
“Much like Gorillaz, Alt?n Gün concoct their improbable musical fusions in the service of pop music’s joys, rather than eat-your-greens musical worth” – Pitchfork
Renowned for their dizzyingly hypnotic live performances, Alt?n Gün has been lighting up stages all around the world, including sold out headline tours in North America, Europe, and the UK, along with show-stopping sets at top international festivals like Coachella (US), Lowlands (NL), Primavera Sound (SP), Fuji Rock (JP) and Iceland Airwaves (IS), to name but a few.
“Alt?n Gün delighted us with its Anatolian sounds, transporting us to other destinations that probably have the same heat as was felt on the dance floor” – Grapevine IS
The eagerly anticipated new album A?k will be released by Glitterbeat Records/ATO Records and on Friday March 31. Before that, listeners can enjoy four singles: Rakiya Su Katamam Leylim Ley and Güzelli?in On Para Etmez .
Alt?n Gün is: Merve Da?demir (vocals and keyboards), Erdinç Ecevit (vocals and keyboards), Thijs Elzinga (guitar), Jasper Verhulst (bass), Daniel Smienk (drums), Chris Bruining (percussion).