By Dave Pehling
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Fresh from an appearance at the Desert Daze Festival in Southern California, modern Turkish psych outfit Altın Gün returns to San Francisco to headline the Independent Sunday night.
Founded in 2016 by musicians who first worked together Dutch modern psych explorer Jacco Gardner, Altın Gün — “Golden Day” in Turkish — is the creative outlet for bassist Jasper Verhulst to explore a love for Turkish rock and folk music that he discovered during a post-tour stay in Istanbul. Teaming with his Jacco Gardner bandmate guitarist Ben Rider, drummer Nic Mauskovic (who would later be replaced by current drummer Daniel Smienk), percussionist Gino Groenveld and Turkish musicians Merve Dasdemir (vocals, synth) and Erdinc Yildiz Ecevit (vocals, saz, synth), the group developed a sound that put a modern psychedelic twist on Turkish traditional standards that sound fresh and otherworldly to unfamiliar ears.
Following the lead of Turkish artists from the ’60s and ’70s like Baris Manço and Erkin Koray who similarly mixed their native folk music and the psychedelic rock of the era, Altin Gün particularly mined the songbook of Neşet Ertaş for its early set lists as the band started playing venues in its home base of Amsterdam. Before long, the group was approached by European imprint Bongo Joe Records, which issued a pair of 7-inch singles by the band prior to releasing their debut album On last year.
The infectiously melodic, propulsive songs on that first effort and the group’s growing reputation for kinetic live performances earned Altin Gün international praise and invitations to perform at festivals throughout Europe and beyond. It was an appearance at the King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard curated Gizzfest in Australia that led the band to getting signed to ATO Records.
With the release of the band’s more electronic sophomore effort Gece earlier this year, Altin Gün ramped up its activity in the U.S. Their summer tour included headlining shows festival appearances at Pickathon in Portland and the sextet’s first performance in San Francisco at Outside Lands that proved to be one of the highlights of the fest.
The group recently returned to the States to open several shows for Australian pop-psych heroes Tame Impala ahead of a spot playing at the lauded Desert Days Festival at Moreno Beach in Southern California and a string of dates that will take them into the Northwest and Canada. The prolific band also released a pair of new tunes in addition to announcing the first U.S. reissue of On via ATO later this year. For this anticipated show at the Independent in San Francisco Sunday, the sextet will be joined by moody Polish indie post-punk outfit Trupa Trupa, which recently released their new album Of the Sun on Glitterbeat Records.
Sunday, Oct. 13, 8 p.m. $20-$22