UK newspaper The Guardian recently introduced Gaye Su Akyol as “the most courageous artist in Turkey”. Her lyrics are sometimes controversial. Pleading for tolerance and more freedom, which is not always appreciated by Turkish authorities.
Pop meets rock in Akyol’s music. The singer/songwriter grew up and still lives in the Kadiköy district, in the Asian part of Istanbul. According to her, Kadiköy is now home to the alternative music scene in Turkey, as the European part – on the other side of the Bosphorus – has become more conservative in recent years.
İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir (Consistent Fantasy is Reality) is the title song of Akyol’s latest album and characteristic of her sound. Influenced by authentic Anatolian folk music and Turkish legends such as Selda Bağcan and Bariş Manço. But also by psychedelic surf rock and its Americana guitars. “Kavram olarak evrensel, ruh olarak yerel”, Gaye Su Akyol says about her music – universal in concept and local in spirit.