Altın Gün

On their debut album \u2018On\u2019 (Bongo Joe Records), the band show what happens when you open doors between Turkish folk songs which were passed on from generation to generation on the one hand and a dirty blend of funk rhythms, wah-wah guitars and analogue organs on the other.

The Amsterdammers who come from various backgrounds (Turkish but also Indonesian and Dutch) comfortably create their work in the adventurous no-man\u2019s land that exists between these two worlds. Man\u00e7o, Ba\u011fcan and Koray have all influenced Altin G\u00fcn, but their foremost inspiration is Ne\u015fet Erta\u015f, a Turkish folk musician whose musical legacy is invaluable. Comparisons are almost impossible to make but imagine someone with the same impact and status as Bob Dylan or George Gerschwin and you\u2019re getting close. Many of the songs he wrote have become standards in Turkey, national treasures which are cherished up until the present day. Altin G\u00fcn retain the lyrical and thematic structure of Erta\u015f\u2019s songs, though they often alter their time signatures and add fuzzy bass sounds, sweltering organ sounds and raw saz riffs.