Earlier this year we got a new record from Altin Gün, a band who’s made it their mission to bridge the gap between traditional Turkish folk and in-vogue psych-derivative acts, scoring acclaim from the likes of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard who helped them sign with ATO Records. Before introducing their imperceptibly Dutch brand of Anatolian rock to Tame Impala’s vast fanbase for a handful of dates, the Amsterdam-based collective are sharing two more singles to tease their setlist.
The highly danceable “Gelin Halayi” and more psych-leaning “Div Div” will accompany the band on their future U.S. and European tour dates, neatly fitting in with the microtonal jams of the April-released Gece. “‘Gelin Halayi’ is the ultimate wedding party song,” vocalist/keyboardist Merve Dasdemir explains. “There’s a specific dance called the halay that you do in occasions like a marriage. So ‘Gelin Halayi’ means ‘the bride’s dance/halay.’”
Meanwhile, Dasdemir continues, “‘Div Div’ is more of a love song, telling us that his lover is sweeter than honey.” Despite heavy saz riffage on both singles, the band feels equally at home supporting the heavy psych of King Gizz and the pop-informed psych of Kevin Parker’s crew.
“Gelin Halayi” and “Div Div” are out today via ATO Records. Listen along and browse the band’s upcoming tour dates below.