A performance at Istanbul Express in 2016, when the guitarist of Compro Oro and Murat Ertel (Baba Zula) found themselves in a band.
It was the first contact for Compro Oro with Turkish Psychedelica, and over time that sound started to creep into their own music. Murat was subsequently the obvious choice for an ensuing in-depth collaboration, first live (in the Gentse Feesten of 2019) and thereafter in the studio. In an intense recording session, under the wings of producer Dijf Sanders (who was also at the helm for the Compro Oro album ‘Suburban Exotica’) Compro Oro and Murat laid down several new tracks. There is more space in the sound and feel of the new project, if you compare it to the tighter tracks of their first album. Wim explains. “Together with Murat we just built and built on each other’s sound. Drums and percussion took a leading roll . As soloists or accompanists we all gave shape to the final sound.” What’s surprising on this release are the vocals from Murat and Esma Ertel. Bart Vervaeck agrees: “On our new album you can hear the Turkish Gainsbourg, and it’s just fantastic that Esma Ertel could join us. The electric sas is also a really important ingredient, it gives the music that oriental flavour.” Wim concurs: “the new tracks have something trendy to them, since the Turkish psychedelic vibe is very hip at the moment. But everything revolves around the electric sas and the vocals, on a bed of improvisation