Gaye Su Akyol

Istanbul has a deep, layered history. From its beginnings as a fishing village to one of the pillars of the Roman world. The final stop on the Silk Road. The centre of the Ottoman Empire as the Turks spread their huge net across the Middle East. Across the centuries the city drew in cultures and blended them. Growing up there, singer-songwriter Gaye Su Akyol breathed all that in every day, along with her family’s ancient roots in Anatolia. Those rich traditions combine to form part of the sound she’s developed on her album Hologram Ĭmparatorluğu (Hologram Empire), where sultry Turkish melodies twine around spiky, twanging guitars and insistent rhythms.

Gaye Su Akyol has 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/visual conceptualist, simultaneously navigates the storied past, the hyper-connected present and the unscripted future. Her album “İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir” is her second for Glitterbeat and her most visceral, widescreen and galvanizing album to date.

Gaye Su Akyol was influenced by Greek music from Anatolia and also internalized old music on Turkish Radio Television like the music for Selda Bağcan and Müzzeyen Senar. But also influences like Nirvana, Nick Cave, Joy Division, Einstürzende Neubauten and surf music helped to shape her sound.

This sound is definitely audible on her albums, and surely also during her exhilarating live shows, where she and her band impress every audience with their energetic and hypnotizing performances, which feel vintage and futuristic at the same time.

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“The new sound of Istanbul” ★★★★ – The Guardian

“Wonderful stuff … This is an album full of charm with a curious fusion of styles all blended together to create an engaging, exciting and cool album that I would return to again without hesitation. The production is first class.” ★★★★ – Louder Than War

“Gaye Su Akyol is simply magnificent. She has a voice that drips with emotion but none of the over the top styling that is often dealt by lesser artistes. The only real way to describe her is as a vocal hypnotist. Her songs grab your attention and take you on a journey of discovery.” ★★★★ –  Music News

“The marriage of Ottoman folk melody with post-punk dynamics is arresting” – ★★★★ Financial Times

“Gaye Su Akyol knoopt fijn muzikale lijnen aan elkaar” ★★★★ – De Volkskrant

Hologram Imparatorlugu zindert van zinnelijkheid. Het is een bezwerende plaat, danspaar, uitdagend, vitaal.” – Trouw

“Zangeres Gaye Su Akyol is een van de grote namen van de levendige Turkse undergroundscene” ★★★★ – Lust For Life

“Dankzij al die invloeden is Hologram Imparatorlugu één grote pastiche, maar zo vernuftig in elkaar gestoken dat het stilistisch toch een geheel vormt. Klasse!” – Mixed World Music

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