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Nekropsi: Aylık/ Monthly [A.K. Müzik, 2014]

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‘Οι Nekropsi είναι ένα τουρκικό rock συγκρότημα, την πορεία του οποίου την έχω παρακολουθήσει. Έχω ακούσει εννοώ και τα τέσσερα CD του, ενώ για τα πρώτα δύο (το “Mi Kubbesi” του 1996 και το “Sayı 2” του 2006) αν θυμάμαι καλώς είχα γράψει κριτικές στο Jazz & Tζαζ. Τώρα, θα πούμε λίγα λόγια για το πιο πρόσφατο άλμπουμ αυτής της μπάντας από την Κωνσταντινούπολη, που εξακολουθεί να διατηρεί στο κυρίως μουσικό σώμα της ενδιαφέροντα ηλεκτρονικο-προγκρέσιβ στοιχεία. Οι Nekropsi είναι τέσσερις: ο Cem Ömeroğlu κιθάρες, ο Gökhan Goralı κιθάρες, ο Kerem Tüzün μπάσο και ο Cevdet Erek ντραμς, με όλους να κάνουν προγραμματισμό, χειριζόμενοι επίσης ηλεκτρονικά και άλλα όργανα. Το “Aylık/ Monthly” είναι ένα βαρύ και κάπως σύνθετο άλμπουμ, με ισχυρή electro συνείδηση, πλήρως ενταγμένη μέσα σ’ ένα rock περιβάλλον. Οι περισσότερες από τις συνθέσεις των τούρκων μουσικών διακρίνονται για την χαρντροκάδικη «ριφολογία» τους – με τόνους από riffs δηλαδή να κατακλύζουν κάθε μικρό ή μεγαλύτερο χώρο. Υπάρχουν tracks θέλω να πω στο “Aylιk”, που είναι σκέτα riffs (όπως το “Rüzgarlar”), άλλα όπως το “Pusula”, που, χωρίς να αποφεύγουν τις μικρές αυτές επαναλαμβανόμενες κιθαριστικές φράσεις, βγάζουν μια κάποια σκοτεινή μελωδία («ακούω» εδώ ύστερους Hawkwind) και άλλα όπως το “İstanbul’a dönüş”, που ακούγονται πιο κοντά στην americana των Feelies. Περιπετειώδες instrumental άκουσμα, που ανά τόπους σε φτιάχνει. Πολύ.’

[πηγή: http://diskoryxeion.blogspot.gr/]

 

…Nekropsi…prog rock…

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‘Few bands in the Istanbul scene have evolved quite so dramatically or had such an enduring effect on the spirit of the city’s underground as Nekropsi.

In order to create and release what they call their 4th‘legal’ album, Aylık,  Nekropsi have used a variety of methods, some orthodox, others less so.  Throughout 2013, the band released a track a month, breaking in June for Gezi, and in October, for ‘internal reasons’, leaving a 10-track album plus a Smashing-Pumkins-esque mashup of the tracks on it – fittingly entitledÇorba.

A band with its roots in thrash-metal (their first production, released in 1992, was called Speed Lessons Part 1 and was pure thrash), Nekropsi went on to radically develop their sound album by album. 1996’sMi Kubbesi offered an impressive fusion of jazz, metal, avant-garde rock, and traditional Turkish folk melodies;Sayı 2, 10 years later, threw out a more eclectic mix of pieces, revealed krautrock and industrial influences, played around with more complex time signatures, and even included vocals for the first time (in both German and Turkish).

With the unexpected to be expected by this stage, and almost another 10 years between releases, Aylıkoffers an even greater range of material.  Looking back at their previous work, you could describe this as ‘totally not sounding like Nekropsi’, but a more persuasive element to it asserts that it is ‘unmistakably Nekropsi’.

As with all their previous releases, Nekropsi’s metal origins can still be found in Aylıkand are most prominent in tracks such as Dedikodu, a poorly recorded and comic number, testament to the fact that Nekropsi does whatever it bloody well wants; Pusula, like moshing in slow-motion; and Kış Kış, a frenzied tribal dance punctuated with awesome waves of sound that pour over you like a noise waterfall.

There’s some stripped-down, moody minimalism, some of which, like 4/4, Daphne, and Okonomiyaki is even evocative of the modern minimalist masters such as Philip Glass.  It’s in a couple of these tracks (Daphne andOkonomiyaki), and in the 7th track, Istanbul’a Dönüş, where we hear something that is certainly new territory for Nekropsi – glimpses of unchallenging pop harmonies, clearly pleasant enough to listen to, but lacking in any of the edge that has kept Nekropsi so fresh all these years.

Having said that, they clearly redeem themselves with the other tracks, and none as much as with ++++, which delivers a riff deceptively catchy in its delivery, but with an element of elusiveness, keeping it neatly just beyond your grasp.

 

One of the most underrated prog bands (if you want to call it that) around, with Aylık, Nekropsi have continued to evolve their sound to yet more diverse areas. This album has kept with the trend that Nekropsi set for themselves almost 20 years ago – pushing the limits of their creative abilities and managing to successfully deliver goods that are frankly awesome. Perhaps it’s because of the fact that they never achieved ‘rock star’ levels of fame that they have been able to remain so uncompromising and are still very much the reclusive giants in the Istanbul underground, presumably off to lurk in the shadows for another 10 years before they deliver yet another unpredictable and stellar release as this album was.’

[source:http://sonikraf.com/]

 

Για εκείνους που ακόμα το σκέφτονται…

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Ένα κατατοπιστικό review για τον δίσκο των Nekropsi από το http://www.psychefolk.com, ακολουθεί παρακάτω: 
Nekropsi (rec.1998-2006)****’

«Nekropsi had a long musical history way, and evolved from 1990, from a speed-thrash band (releasing a tape called “Speed Lessons Part 1”), to an improvised guitars and drums based instrumental “progressive” rock band  (releasing one CD in 1996 ; short review just one item up), towards a more modern approach another 10 years later. The tracks are recorded and mixed professionally with great dynamism and this with edits and contributions in various places (Paris, Istanbul, Los Angeles and Amsterdam) over a period of 8 years.
 
I must admit that with all this change, the group improved their sound. This became a new dynamic mix which recalls areas that were cross-found with previous inspirations by bands like Nekropsi, Deja-Vu, DAK and perhaps Baba Zula. The attractive area they express themselves in has the best dynamics of various genres that were seperate entities before, but that, especially with Nekropsi’s music become one new big entity of a new Underground.
There’s a very modern use of rhythms, which are a mixture of drums and bass driven dynamics using complex Turkish scales, mixed with some rather psychedelic as well as modern and ultra-dynamic production effects (from wa-wa guitars, groovy bass to a complete sound-control from dark and dense to light and dynamic), mixed also with the feeling there are also serious underground-related dance related grooves involved.
At the same time the words seem to be used like for-the-art-like statements. In the booklet the lyrics are printed with a dynamic layout that remind me a bit of the post-war Van Ostaye prints of poetry, where the words for the first time had their own dynamics in the print itself. Some of these words seem to have been used for the dynamics in the music just in a similar way as it has its own visual effect to be read like written down music.
“Papa” is a German spoken song which more refers to the typical German electro-industrial wave style (“Neue Welle”), with attractive rhythm and not to miss dark repetitive bass, something which as bonus track has a great, different even more “German” styled mix.
Some of the dynamism in rhythm and groove is absolutely successful, (with some favourites amongst all good tracks). Last track is a more acoustic also dynamic remix.»

Από το thrash metal στο progressive…

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Για Τούρκους δεν τους το έχεις, καθώς δεν γνωρίζεις πλέον τι μπορείς να περιμένεις στο επόμενο «αυλάκι»…

Ναι, οι Nekropsi είναι από τα συγκροτήματα, που μπορούν να παίξουν οτιδήποτε ‘καθαρόαιμο’ δίχως προσμίξεις.  Αυτήν την φορά δεν είναι μόνοι τους!!! Βιταμινούχο progeressive rock που ξεφεύγει από το μεσοσταθμικό, που εκκρεμεί και, έστω, ένας λογαριασμός!

 

 

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