Altın Gün

The golden age of Turkish rock music reincarnated – in the Netherlands! Those of us who have developed a slight addiction to the recent wave of compilations with rediscovered Turkish 60s and 70s recordings (Istanbul ’70, Psych Funk A La Turkish, etc) won’t be able to resist the whip-cracky rhythms, trance inducing microtonal synthesizers and electric saz solos of Altın Gün. Two of the group’s six members have their background in Turkey, but were not even born yet during the heyday of stars like Selda, Barış Manço and Erkin Koray. It was these figureheads who created the soundtrack for a new urban Turkish identity with equal parts of Anatolian folk music and western psychedelic rock, funk and disco. With only one seven-inch single to date, Altin Gün have already created an international reputation as a phenomenal live act – and queues wind around the neighborhood when they play in their home country. Their debut album “On” will be released this spring.