With the release of her first international album “Hologram Ĭmparatorluğu” (2016), Gaye Su Akyol established herself as one of Turkey’s most compelling young voices and most exhilarating sonic explorers. Her work as a singer-songwriter, producer and audio/visualconceptualist, simultaneously navigates the storied past, the hyper-connected present and the unscriptedfuture.
Growing up in cosmopolitan Istanbul listening to Anatolian music icon Selda Bağcan and Kurt Cobain in equal measure, Akyol skipped right over the tired Oriental/Occidental paradigmatic clichés. Gaye’s music was global in concept and local in spirit and nuanceright from the very beginning. Following the widespread critical acclaim for “Hologram Ĭmparatorluğu,” Gaye and her sublime band spent 18 months travelling up and down Turkey, Europe and the Middle and Far East sharing with audiences avibrantmix of raki laced traditional balladry, futurist surf and post-punk opposition.
The new album, produced by her and guitarist Ali GüçlüŞimşek, is arguably more immediate and visceral than the first two, reflecting her and theband’s growing reputation as a powerful live act. “Istikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir,” which translates as “Consistent Fantasy is Reality,”is adeeply poeticalbum; an album ofpersonalized politics, an album that digs into the heart our contentious, inexplicable contemporary experience. Never blinking. Always dreaming. Never giving up.
Gaye Su Akyol – vocals
İlhan Erşahin – saxophone
Barlas Tan Özemek – classical guitar (şahmeran)
Ahmet Ayzit – violin, ud, electro saz, cumbush
Ismail Darıcı – percussions
Oğuz Can Bilgin – trumpet