by Dave Segal
on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 12:20 PM
There is never not a good time to listen to Turkish psychedelia, and The Wire magazine has a solid overview ready for your ears on its website right now (it's the audio component to this month's Primer on said Turkish psych; not online, unfortunately). Many of the usual Anatolian-rock suspects appear, as well they should: Mogollar, Erkin Koray, Cem Karaca & Kardaslar, Üç Hürel, Baris Manço, Selda, Ersen, Bunalim, and Edip Akbayram. The thing I love about Turkish psych is that the highs are incredibly high and the lows are thoroughly low. This stuff sounds at once familiar and tantalizingly other. These musicians feel so very deeply and it comes through in the songs with a fierce soul power. Some of the greatest music ever came out of this country in the '60s and '70s. Get into it.
While you're thinking about Turkish psych, do yourself a favor and cop Seattle-based label Sublime Frequencies' expertly curated compilation of singles and rarities by Erkin Koray, Meçhul.