Islandman return with new acid sprinkled, Balearic tinged, Kara Toprak

A month or so ago, I came across a new track by Islandman. We included it in a recent playlist but it’s so good we thought we’d shine a bigger spotlight on it.

With their third album set for release in the spring of next year the trio prep the LP by recasting the celebrated Turkish singer and poet Aşik Veysel’s composition Kara Toprak, in an acid-tinged, bass-heavy, electronic glow.

It has murmurs of the original but with its Balearic edge it’s also an interpretation all of the trio’s own making.

Speaking of Asik Veysel’s influence on the Turkish music scene, and his work, bandleader Tolga Buyuk says, “70’s Turkish psychedelic music scene has a very important influence on Islandman’ music. And when you look deeper in to this scene; it was a very special time when Turkey met with western music and instruments; and artists tried to copy the songs they heard from the radio, after a while it was not enough and they realized that there was thousands of Anatolian folk songs and a unique melodic structure of their own culture. And Aşık Veysel was maybe the best known poet/musician who has influenced all this music scene.”

Enjoy the single below and look out for more glittering sounds from Islandman soon!

Kara Toprak is out now on Music For Dreams – buy from Bandcamp.

CF Smith

Write for Music Is My Sanctuary & Stereofox.

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