The six-strong Altin Gün (“Golden Day”) ensemble describes their music as “Turkish psych folk from Amsterdam”. Their 2018 debut album "On" is a demonstration of what happens when traditional Turkish songs enter into a dirty – you could say almost forbidden – alliance with funk rhythms, wah wah guitars and analogue retro organs: an incredible no-man’s-land in which the band members, with their Turkish, Indonesian and Dutch roots, have made themselves at home.
An earlier generation of Turkish musicians such as Baris Manço, Selda Bağcan and Erkin Koray had already experimentedwith bringing together what had until then been very foreign sound worlds – this approach to song-writing now finds a new lease of life with Altin Gün. However, the band’s greatest source of inspiration is the work of Neşet Ertaş, the “Turkish Bob Dylan”. His compositions feature extensively on "On", but it’s unlikely that even their creator would recognise them after their “altingünification”.