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Hailing from the Turkish capital of Ankara,
is a group of contemporary players steeped in the art of psychedelics, surf, and expansive rock instrumental grandeur. Formed in 1999, the band is led by
(electric guitar) and
(percussion) and they've released a variety of CDs and mp3 tracks in Turkey and beyond leading up to this,
, their first official release outside their home country. The tracks drift from majestic beauty to blazing delirium with İtez etching his manifesto for electric guitar every step of the way backed by Sarihan's wide variety of percussion styles. Although the group is rooted in classical and modern Turkish psych-rock in spirit, they draw on a large range of sounds and influences, and traces of Turkish styles are hard to pin down. Two of the tracks, "MEGA Lambada" and "Guarana Superpower," are more reminiscent of late '80s post-punk experimental mind-melting, referencing
Torch Of The Mystics
Sun City Girls
in grand fashion. Other cuts expand on a diversity of areas including tripped-out surf, retro Cambodian rock, electrified Thai Mor Lam and Saharan guitar music. Every single track is memorable and the incredible variety helps confirm the fact that Hayvanlar Alemi is one of today's great rock instrumental combos. CD version features two bonus tracks and includes an 8-page color insert with photos of the group.
comes smashing out of the gates in 2012 with a jaw-dropping version of
's "Yekermo Sew" as the A-side of this single. Side B is an unreleased improvisation featuring the quartet version of the group. This limited one-time pressing vinyl single was made for the band to sell on their European tour, which begins in May of 2012. Limited copies, however, will be available through normal distribution channels. 45 rpm.
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