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Melodi

by Kit Sebastian

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  • Streaming + Download

    Pre-order of Melodi. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    Purchasable with gift card
    releases October 1, 2021

      £7 GBP  or more

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    *PLEASE NOTE: This is a pre-order of this record, and will be shipping around the 01st October*

    Yalvarma / Agitate / Yeter / Melodi Pt 1 / Melodi Pt 2 / Elegy For Love / Affet Beni / Inertia
    / Ahenk / Please Don’t Take This Badly

    Includes digital pre-order of Melodi. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    shipping out on or around October 1, 2021
    Purchasable with gift card

      £18 GBP or more 

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    *PLEASE NOTE: This is a pre-order of this record, and will be shipping around the 01st October*

    Yalvarma / Agitate / Yeter / Melodi Pt 1 / Melodi Pt 2 / Elegy For Love / Affet Beni / Inertia
    / Ahenk / Please Don’t Take This Badly

    Includes digital pre-order of Melodi. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    shipping out on or around October 1, 2021
    Purchasable with gift card

      £9 GBP or more 

     

  • Cassette + Digital Album

    *PLEASE NOTE: This is a pre-order of this record, and will be shipping around the 01st October*

    100 copies - extremely limited edition cassette.

    Yalvarma / Agitate / Yeter / Melodi Pt 1 / Melodi Pt 2 / Elegy For Love / Affet Beni / Inertia
    / Ahenk / Please Don’t Take This Badly

    Includes digital pre-order of Melodi. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    shipping out on or around October 1, 2021
    edition of 100 
    Purchasable with gift card

      £8 GBP or more 

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    *PLEASE NOTE: This is a pre-order of this record, and will be shipping around the 01st October*

    Hand-Numbered edition, includes Obi Strip and set of 4 x 120mm x 120mm photo postcards selected by the band.

    Yalvarma / Agitate / Yeter / Melodi Pt 1 / Melodi Pt 2 / Elegy For Love / Affet Beni / Inertia
    / Ahenk / Please Don’t Take This Badly

    Includes digital pre-order of Melodi. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    shipping out on or around October 1, 2021
    edition of 500  10 remaining
    Purchasable with gift card

      £21 GBP or more 

     

1.
Yalvarma
2.
Agitate 04:37
Agitate Don’t try To hide You’re here To die Burn their busts and Dance in their hell Yell their names and Dust off their spell Lay bare Their lies Fear their Big smiles Ah, bu bir büyük rüya (This is a big dream) Hatırla, kaybolma (Remember it, don’t get lost) Bu bir büyük rüya (This is a big dream) Unutup, yok olma (Don’t forget, don’t fade away) Now, fire! Your arms This storm Saves us Wash yourself of Their laws and crowns Move in the dark Purer than clouds Ah, bu bir büyük rüya (This is a big dream) Hatırla, kaybolma (Remember it, don’t get lost) Bu bir büyük rüya (This is a big dream) Unutup, yok olma (Don’t forget, don’t fade away) Ah, bu bir büyük rüya (This is a big dream) Hatırla, kaybolma (Remember it, don’t get lost) Bu bir büyük rüya (This is a big dream) Unutup, yok olma (Don’t forget, don’t fade away)
3.
Yeter
4.
Melodi Pt 1
5.
Melodi Pt 2
6.
4.50 in the morning. Walls around me. Dreary and wrinkled. The phone rings. It’s you. Fill all my fears with your shining water, Again. An elegy for love A dim light on my face, my mind covered in flames Full of unimagined darkness, heavy earth slips underneath our legs. I taste the last sweetness of autumn rain. Reflected on the pale curtains is your flesh, Illuminated in my elusive serenity. So much silence comes from your voice. An elegy for love A dim light on your face, your mind covered in flames A dim light on my face, my mind covered in flames 6.30 in the morning. My dreams vanish in the embrace of your weakness. Remembering a distant past we both despise.
7.
Affet Beni
8.
Inertia 03:40
Oh concrete sighs find you reposed Smoking a blend of doubt disguised as hope Inertia fills the culture I must breathe To feel connection to disease Past the statues, ‘scuse you’s’ and the tears of old and the thoughts of man who appeared so bold Woe becomes the drug and the dreams decay Though the absence comes the tears obeyed
9.
Ahenk
10.
Please Don’t Take This Badly

about

‘Melodi’ is the second album from captivating duo Kit Sebastian (aka Kit Martin and Merve Erdem). Those familiar with the band's cult classic 2019 debut record 'Mantra Moderne' will instantly recognise their unique sound that blurs boundaries of world music, jazz and psychedelia. Not to be content replicating the same album, sonically the feel of ‘Melodi’ is a maturation. It is more diverse and provides glimpses into many different worlds from the Italian Riviera to the mountains of the Caucasus, the beaches of Bahia to the city streets of Istanbul and Paris. This joyous merging of soundscapes evokes a borderless planet with music as an international language, belonging everywhere and nowhere.

‘Melodi’ is imbued with Kit Sebastian's love of vintage records and world cinema, but it is not a retro homage. It celebrates its influences but is very much a modern record, being simultaneously brand new and retro. This is a credit to the duo's craft as musicians and songwriters, presenting their influences as a circular interaction between the present and the past rather than a linear one.

The music was written during the first UK lockdown and recorded that summer, a time of opening up that only briefly existed. In a world with a slower pace than before the Covid crisis, the band were able to spend more time experimenting in the studio. The album’s range of instrumentation has expanded from the previous record to include zithers, harpsichords, congas, bongos, bulbul tarang, and a mock-up choir on top of the synthesizers, balalaikas, organs, and saxophones. Session musicians and friends were also booked to introduce trumpet and string sections giving the album an added depth and orchestral texture. Despite the added complexity, the album was recorded using the same techniques employed for the previous album with various tape machines, bouncing back between cassette and ¼” tape for practicality and sonic abstraction. To pierce through this abstraction, the vocals are intentionally more expressive. Merve took cues from the Turkish singers of her youth, adding a slightly more melancholic, darker and more reflective style than 'Mantra Moderne’. Rooted in observations from everyday life, they speak often about the worlds and thoughts that arise from the end of the night.

Like with many of the best albums, the record seems over all too soon and has you instantly wanting to play it again. On each listen you decide on a track that you think is your favourite from the album only for it to be replaced with a different one on the next listen. The songs and production have hidden depths that seem to evolve and morph the more you devour them. Moments of pure pop, moments to fall in love, moments to contemplate. This journey is rich in musical vitamins and nourishment, but like all the best things still leaves you wanting more.

credits

releases October 1, 2021

PERFORMERS - Merve Erdem / Kit Martin
WRITER/AUTHOR - Kit Martin / Merve Erdem
COMPOSER - Kit Martin / Merve Erdem
PRODUCER - Kit Martin
MIXING ENGINEER - Shuta Shinoda
Mastered by Pete Norman at Finyl Tweek
Published By: Mr Bongo 2021

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Kit Sebastian London, UK

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 Pyschedelia and Brazilian Tropicalia to 60’s European pop and American jazz.

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