[Cover photo credit to Catharina Gerritsen]
Grammy Award-nominated Turkish Psych-Folk outfit Altın Gün have shared their new single, “Güzelliğin On Para Etmez.” Written and composed by the Turkish poet Âşık Veysel, the single heralds the arrival of the band’s new album, Aşk, arriving via ATO Records on Friday, March 10, 2023.
Âşık Veysel was a singer, poet, songwriter, and bağlama virtuoso, a prominent representative of the Anatolian ashik tradition. Blind for most of his lifetime, Veysel’s often sad songs embrace a wide range of themes, from “the inevitability of death and constant questioning of issues such as love, care, and belief, to how he perceived the world as a blind man.”
Now, the Amsterdam-based band Altın Gun has recast Veysel’s poem with Psych-Rock and Folk elements. The sound on the track returns to the band’s first two albums for inspiration, moving away from the more Electronic and synth-driven aspects of their 2021 releases. This was also an effort to capture their live sound.
Recorded using vintage equipment and techniques, the new album’s tracks represent a new reading of traditional Turkish Folk tunes, showing how ancient songs remain eternally resonant.
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2023
12 – Pittsburgh, PA – Thunderbird
13 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
14 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
15 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
17 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
18 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre
19 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
21 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
24 – Nashville, TN – Basement East
25 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
27 – Floyd, VA – FloydFest *
28 – Washington, DC – The Howard
29 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
31 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
2 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
* Festival Appearance