Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek is a brand new Anatolian psych-pop sensation. This young and fresh group released their first EP Nem Kaldı on Catapulte Records/Bongo Joe Records in March 2017 and get raving reviews. Their Anatolian psych-pop is a mixture of Turkish folk, grooves and psychedelia.
With members originating from Turkey, Germany, France, Italy and England, Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek embodies the so-called ‘outernational’ generation.
The group is led by the young singer and multi-instrumentalist Derya Yıldırım. In her beautiful voice melancholy and desire blend together into a powerful amalgam. She’s aided by the fantastic drummer Greta Eacott and three quarters of the world tripping band Orchestre du Montplaisant.
They don’t just deliver their own interpretations of Turkish jewels by artists like Selda Bağcan (thé Selda indeed!), Barış Manço, Moğollar and Nazım Hikmet, but they also draw their originality from their own beautiful compositions and the fantastic ability to improvise. The warm, sensuous voice of Derya, the fantastic psychedelic saz-melodies, the groovy organ lines and the tight rhythm section all together result in a hypnotising sound. Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek take the righteous and rich Turkish poetry to the future whilst not losing awareness of the past. Anatolian invasion on its way!