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Siluetler - Anilarla Mogollar and Siluetlerdotdotdotdot
artworkSiluetler backed vocalist Anilarla Mogollar, but they were a band in their own right first, and they started with instrumentals, some of which are really hard not to relate to surf. Anilarla Mogollar and Siluetler contains a number of their instros, including the infectious "Lorke Lorke," though this is the second version, which is not quite as hot as the first.
Picks: Gecti Dost Kervani, Sirto, Kasap Havasi, Suya Giden Alli Gelin, Ali Baba, Kasik Havasi, Lorke Lorke, Dede Efendi

Track by Track Review


Gecti Dost Kervani dotdotdot
Anatolian Rock (Instrumental)

Dramatic reverbed drums and flute present a mysterious image of sultry nights at the oasis. "Gecti Dost Kervani" is a lovely instro with many traditional references, including the mandolin or oud in the lead.

Sirto dotdotdot
Anatolian Rock (Instrumental)

This song features a bouncy melody and rhythm translated from classic area styling into a semi surf rock instro format. A bit of double picked guitar, and some gentle charm. "Sirto" may be quite poppy, but it's also very charming, and even verges on aquatic.

Kasap Havasi dotdotdotdot
Anatolian Rock (Instrumental)

"Kasap Havasi" has superb whammy chords of an island nature, and a double picked structure guitar line that Robert Johnson (Punchdrunks, Bottle Ups) would recognize. This is a splendid blend of Turkish culture, surf, psych, and cowboy twang. It's even fairly easy to imagine this along side of early Quicksilver Messenger Service.

Suya Giden Alli Gelin dotdotdotdot
Anatolian Rock (Instrumental)

Traditional rhythm patterns and percussion electrified, with flute flying high. Emotional, precise, and very fluid.

Ali Baba dotdotdot
Anatolian Rock (Instrumental)

Violin, oud, and a very playful melody line work really well together. On some levels, this is unsophisticated, but it's also rather authentic structurally. The first thing I was struck with is how not Dave and the Customs "Ali Baba" is. That's my surf prejudice showing.

Kasik Havasi dotdotdot
Anitolian Rock (Instrumental)

"Kasik Havasi" has a beat that's half way between cowboy gallop and traditional Turkish. Much like early country and rock instros, with hand claps and a gutty guitar. Very cool!

Lorke Lorke dotdotdotdot
Anitolian Rock (Instrumental)

This amazing instrumental sports echoed guitar chunking out a fast surf thing. It's exotic, playful, and very cool. Imaginative writing and manic playing with heavy effects on the surf guitar make this ultra rare track a must have. Very cool!

Dede Efendi dotdotdot
Anatolian Rock (Instrumental)

Echoed guitar and a polka beat playfully meander the theme. "Dede Efendi" suggest The Ventures were they Turkish - you have to imaging their way of doing things if they were not from Washington. It has carnival atmosphere. Really fun!