Altın Gün have a new musical direction. Just as we were getting used to their flanged-out, groove-charged restylings of Anatolian rock and folk numbers , the Dutch sextet has taken a radically new tack, injecting a heavy dose of European electronica into their revamped Turkish covers.
The most compelling track is “Ordunun Dereleri” (“The mountain streams of Ordu”) a sad Black Sea love lament from Alevi singer İlkay Akkaya re-imagined here with the clean, clear lines of European synth pop of the 70’s and 80’s. Added to this keyboard, saz player and vocalist, Erdinç Ecevit’s warm, yearning vocals, singing in Turkish of unrequited love. Swooshing sounds of cars rush by, suggesting Kraftwerk’s “Autobahn”, thematically echoing the album’s title, “Yol”, which means “road” in Turkish. Elsewhere, in “Kara Toprak” (“Black Earth”) the band takes a bardic song with strummed saz lines from Âşık Veysel, infuses it with funky wah-wah guitars and retro electronica, creating something that bears only a faint glimmer of the original. As with their previous two albums, Altın Gün comes up with an entirely new sonic structure for the songs they cover, except here in “Yol” they steep their warm southern harmonies in a cool, northern, synth aesthetic, creating a wonderful hybrid sound which reflects the band’s international Dutch-Turkish make-up perfectly.