ALBUM REVIEW: Isik Kural – In February | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 25.03.22






Isik Kural’s debut album, released on the experimental Brooklyn label RVNG Intl., was written somewhere between Istanbul and Glasgow. It feels like candy-floss – sweet and softly unsubstantial – gone before one can fully taste it. Kural’s lullabies often start with samples – jumbled snapshots of funfairs and seaside towns and summer rain. He is absentmindedly, uncertainly singing to himself, as children do to feel safer.

The clear, detached voice of Stephanie Roxanne Ward (aka Spefy), singing on three of the thirteen tracks, reinforces the impression of distance. Kural’s miniature songs remind me of the bedroom electronica of Wilfried* and CocoRosie. They resemble the mechanical waltzes buried in seashells and music boxes. They have a life of their own – yet they’re almost too frail for life.


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