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Selda – “’71” – [Eggy]

Thurston Hunger   6/26/2010   CD, International

Selda pre-plugged. While this album has some electric bass,
and keys (#4), it’s mostly Selda’s powerful voice (often with
cavernous reverb) and some acoustic accompaniment. #9 includes
a flight of kanun I think… The last track adds light piano
and a sweet/sour nostalgic flute, this is the strongest I
feel the hurt that would be amplified and melded into anger
as time (and travail) wore on. Even if the words are sung
in Turkish, and lifted from poets long gone, their heart
beats true, especially in the hands and throat of Selda.
Later releases, rising over fuzzed guitar, would celebrate
her singing as the undeniable power of righteousness, w/o
knowing the language this albums seems more drawn from the
undeniable power of hope. Track 7 alone will lift you out
of whatever jail, real or imagined, and send your flying
through a field of poppies. Anatolian over totalitarian.

-Thurston Hunger

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Raf says

Dear KFJC staff and listeners,
Raf from Eggy Records here. First off, kudos to Thurston for the really excellent writing about Selda's music, definitely some of the best I've read. A few people have asked me about the song titles and it seemed like this would be a good place to post them:

Side A
1. Katip Arzuhalim Yaz Yare Boyle
2. Adaletin Bu Mu Dunya
3. Cemberimde Gul Oya
4. Kalenin Dibinde Tas Ben Olaydim
5. Mapushanelere Gunes Dogmuyor

Side B
6. Yalan Dunya
7. Tatli Dillim
8. Mapushane Icinde Mermerden Direk
9. Dane Dane Benleri
10. Gesi Baglari

For further viewing, this site has a lot of great archival Selda record covers and pictures:
http://progressive.homestead.com/selda.html

Thanks so much for the support. Happy listening!
Raf

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