Ihtiyac Molasi – Milad (1999) (@256)
11 Aug 2007
(Review from homestead.com, ihtiyacmolasi.com)
Since 1993 Tolga Cebi, Sinan Gursoy, Taner Sarf and Murat Gullu occasionally played together in a variety of activities, playing covers of rock bands (mostly Pink Floyd) in Canakkale, a seaside town of Turkey where the wind never stop to blow.
In 1995, the band moved to Istanbul and took the name “Ihtiyac Molasi”. Each of them was playing music since a while, their own improvised performances also took a great attention by the fans and soon they became one of the favorite groups of town. In 1996 & 1997 the band’s participation on two contests (namely ‘Best Rock Band of Istanbul’ and ‘Roxy Music Days’) introduced to them to a larger audiene. In 1998, they recorded the song ‘Cengi’ for a compilation album.
Following this compilation appearance, they stroke a record deal of their own. Finally in January 1999, the album, ‘Milad’ (The Nativity), was recorded. The album was released in April 1999 and contained the remakes of the improvised songs the band had been performing regularly. The sound engineer of the production is Okan Dogu, and Cevdet Erek (of Nekropsi) were guest musicians on the album.
The strongest point of the group is the ability to make a lot of evolvements and different approaches of arrangements within one song. The first two tracks for instance evolve fluently from a chamber music rock skilled instrumental music with complex rhythms towards more funky poprock rhythms and then even some poprock song with even more relaxed rhythms. This combination is renewing from a poprock point of view. The third track, “Cengi” is more Turkish folkrock with a jazzy violin. Also the following track, “Milad” is a Turkish folk melody in a proggy version, which is, like the next more chamber music rock track, “Ortamali” with very varied arrangement changes. “Shine” is an English spoken pop song, with no typical Turkish elements any more. The Turkish folk influence can be heard again in some of the other tracks, refreshing in combining it with more progressive guitar playing and rewarding rhythmic skill. The only notable downside of the album is the vocals. This would probably be an excellent album if it was instrumental.
After this album, the members of the band were in the obligation to take a break for their compulsory military service.
* Sinan Gursoy – Bass
* Taner Sarf – Vocals, Guitar
* Tolga Cebi – Violin, Keyboard, Vocals
* Murat Gullu – Drums, percussions
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