First heard in a trendy art gallery in Marfa, Texas. This music is gorgeous, timeless, effortlessly cool. It feels like anyone would love it, and yet it isn't bland or innocuous.
Favorite track: Pangea.
There's just something about that great percussion, the jazz-influenced chord progressions that often don't go quite to the expected places, and those brilliant bass riffs that really make this record great.
I would love to see Kit Sebastian score a film (either a 60s-esque spy film or some sort of psych-horror number would be brilliant).
Favorite track: With A Sense Of Grace.
Yeniden boyanır zihnin karanlık renklere
Gün yeniden başlasa da
Rutinine mahkum yaşamına
En mutsuz şekilde uyandığında
Nerede o seni sarhoş eden hayallerin
Günden güne kaybolan ilgilerin
Şarkıları bile bayat kederlerinin
Arzuları bile kokmuş libidonla örtüşmeyen gerçekliğinin
Ruhu kapkarara, bir ormanın icinde tek başına yürürken
Canlanan ağaçlar seni gizli bir madene çağırırken
Uyandığın o rüya, asla sonu olmayan o rüya
Burada bitiyor olabilir mi
Uyan, uyan, uyan, uyan
Çocukken gözlerini kapadığında duyduğun o melodi
Kaç kurtul, uyan, kaç kurtul
Derhal harekete geç
Durma durma durma
A new day starts and yet
Your mind dyes itself dark again.
When you wake glumly to a life
In thrall of drabness and routine
Where are the dreams that used to be your vine?
Where are your interests, fewer every day?
Stale songs even your grief would sing,
And your deluded libido
Would but rotten desires proffer.
That dream from which you woke
As you walked, dark-souled, in a forest alone,
As trees stirred calling to a hidden mine –
That never-ending dream –
Could it end here?
Awake! Awake! Awake! Awake!
You still recall the melody
That as a child you closed your eyes to hear.
Break away, wake up, escape,
Don’t stop, don’t stop, don’t stop.
'Mantra Moderne' is a stunning, contemporary masterpiece that fuses Anatolian Psychedelia, Brazilian Tropicalia, 60’s European pop and American jazz. A must for fans of Khruangbin, Portishead, Arthur Verocai, Goat, Caetano Veloso, Tom Zé, Os Mutantes, Cortex and co.
The duo is formed of Kit Martin, who lives between London and France and plays all instruments on the album, and Merve Erdem, vocalist and multi-disciplinary artist from Istanbul, now based in London. This is their debut album.
The album explores universal themes such as love, loss, decay, language and ideology, mixing three different languages: English, Turkish and French. Written and recorded by the duo - Kit composed all the songs and Merve wrote the lyrics - in rural France during 2018, each song was completed within a 12-hour window, pawning contemplation for spontaneity.
Dubbed by Kit and Merve as ‘lo-fi-hi-fi’ in reference to the high-end tube equipment that helped it find its way to 8-track cassette tape. The style owes its sound to narrow tape width, valve distortion, spring reverb, the mixture of high end gear with lo-fi equipment as well as a disregard to the norms of hi-fi studio techniques. All instruments were analogue and no samples were used. The instruments that are used range from tablas to darbukas, balalaikas to ouds, MS20 synths to Farfisa organs and a lot of cuica. The mixing techniques were done on-the-fly, tracking immediately to tape: compression, EQ, delay and reverb; meaning mixing could not be revisited!
released July 19, 2019
"Assured debut" Mojo ★★★★
"A gorgeous and uplifting debut" Q ★★★★
“Dreamy, acid drenched, psych-pop for 2019 via 1965” DJ Mag
“A stunning debut” Shindig
“A record of superb quality...very special indeed” Ransom Note
“Serious tip!” Rough Trade
"An incredibly strong debut. Thoroughly recommended." Louder Than War
Kit Sebastian is a duo formed in London by Kit Martin and Merve Erdem, spread between Turkey and France. Their music is a meeting point of different genres from Anatolian Psychedelia and Brazilian Tropicalia to 60’s European pop and American jazz.
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Like so many others, this came like a bolt out of the blue and, even though it's well before payday, I had to have this astonishing album on vinyl to prove it exists. The feel of the tunes makes me feel like the Impressions do, Curtis Mayfield, the big spaces and instinctive horns and stuff drifting in and out. Great grooves and I can see lots of ghosts nodding along to this with big smiles on their faces. At last! Anthony Cottrell