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Selda – “Selda ” – [finders keepers]

Thurston Hunger   11/17/2006   A Library, CD

Worshippers of Erkin Koray, and we know you are legion,
should not miss out on this on this Turkish delight from the
mid 1970’s. Less blown-out fuzz solo brain-bake, but plenty
o’ strong voice over rarefied psych-fired melodies. Just as
on Saint Patrick’s Day in America, everyone is Irish, when
this plays everyone is Turkish (well except the authorities
at the time who tried to silence her often protest-related
themes.) Such radical themes as brotherhood, peace and …
well… “Youth cannot be shot, one day the tyrant will be
scrutinized.” Selda Bagcan’s voice has that pride that can
uplift the downtrodden, with great rococo lilting to help
underscore the ache. Vinyl crackle is speckled on here,
more noticeable in some spots ( #6 and #16 e.g.) On the
former, I’m sorry but I feel it does not add the mystical
charm one might think, instead it detracts from the power
of that stark ballad…although it does help to summon a
vision of a turntable spinning in the sand. That track,
“Gine Haber Gelmis” is an example of the pre- and post-
echo used to help her voice sound like it is bouncing
around some craggy cliffs, rising towards the sun. Some
songs just come with killer sonic deja vu, like “Gitme”
is this a Koray cover?!? Man, it gets downright genetic
for me. Really a masterpiece that stands the tests, winds,
sands and misguided leaders of time.

-Thurston Hunger

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