In the very first post of this blog I already put the spotlight on Gökçe Kılınçer. Famous for her retro sound reminiscent of the 60s and 70s. If Quentin Tarantino were to make a Turkish film, Gökçe’s music would be the perfect soundtrack.
Gökçe, who was born in Ankara, has been living in London for several years after winning a scholarship for the Metropolitan University. The multicultural character of the English capital has unmistakably influenced Gökçe’s music. At the same time, she wants to introduce the world to Anatolian music. Neyleyim, one of the two videos that Gökçe posted on YouTube last week, very well reflects those influences and her ambition.
Her first single – Aşk Beni Bulunca – was released in 2014. Gökçe recorded her first album in a London studio: Kalbimde İzi Var (2016). A handful of maxi singles followed, and Gökçe is currently working on a new album.
Inspired by Guuzbourg‘s long-running blog about French “Filles Sourires”, I thought it was time to start my own music blog. More specifically, about women who sing in Turkish. So, here it is: Kadın Sesler. Hoş geldin!
I love the poetic Turkish language (although, unfortunately, I don’t understand everything). Especially when it is sung by female vocalists. On this blog I will share – irregularly, undoubtedly – new releases and occasionally older tracks by my favorite Turkish female singers.
Don’t expect the steamy beats you might know from the all-inclusive holiday resorts of Bodrum and Antalya. I prefer the more alternative Turkish music scene – poetic, sometimes raw, and often with a very characteristic psychedelic sound.
A good example is the woman who is also featured in the header image of this blog: Gökçe Kılınçer. Singer, musician and songwriter – and known for her retro-inspired sound. Gökçe has been living in London for a few years now, but her songs are still delightfully Turkish. This is one of her latest releases: Bu Son Akşamda (On this last evening).