Isik Kural – in february (2022) [FLAC 24bit/48kHz]

Isik Kural – in february (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 30:05 minutes | 321 MB | Genre: Electronic, Ambient
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RVNG Intl.

Dusty, childlike and innocent near-hauntology that perches awkwardly between Panda Bear, Virginia Astley and an Oliver Postgate soundtrack.

Glasgow-based Turkish producer Isik Kural came up with the ides for “in february” in 2019, when he was visiting Istanbul. He stopped by the Babajim Recording Studio for a session and began to play a piano, and it inspired him to start looping the melodies that open the album on ‘pillow of a thought’. Distorted through a haze of tape saturation and echo, it takes on a hazy characteristic, sounding as if it was recorded decades ago – like Virginia Astley’s iconic ‘In Gardens Where We Feel Secure’ dubbed to reel-to-reel by William Basinski. It’s across this base that Kural sings with a childlike hesitance, preventing the track from becoming too self-serious.

The balance between experimental touches and childish playfulness sits at the core of ‘in february’, from the stop-start Oliver Postgate string rattle of ‘simdi iki’ through the gentle hum of ‘paperhat’, to the church on a Sunday organ and musicbox fuzz of the memorable ‘pineapples and lime’. Vocalist spefy spices up single ‘coral gables’ with her jazzy tones, and re-appears on the cascading ‘yeniden’ and ‘berceuse’, the album’s most disarming track.

1-01. Isik Kural – pillow of a thought (01:48)
1-02. Isik Kural – simdi iki (02:07)
1-03. Isik Kural – paperhat (01:59)
1-04. Isik Kural – pineapples and lime (02:46)
1-05. Isik Kural – hopefullyhopefully (02:33)
1-06. Isik Kural – coral gables (feat. spefy) (02:02)
1-07. Isik Kural – lo si aspetta (02:17)
1-08. Isik Kural – che si aspette (01:40)
1-09. Isik Kural – sevdiklerine (02:01)
1-10. Isik Kural – yeniden (feat. spefy) (02:41)
1-11. Isik Kural – berceuse (feat. spefy) (02:19)
1-12. Isik Kural – slippin (02:22)
1-13. Isik Kural – film festival (03:25)