Hayvanlar Alemi is an instrumental psychedelic folk rock band founded in Ankara in 1999. Throughout the years, the band has developed a style of its own, inspired by the innovative musical heritage of Turkey but also informed by the traditional and popular styles of the globe, blending together scales and rhythms of Asia, Africa, Middle East and South America with surf, dub, stoner rock and free improvisation.
The ensemble’s music has been released under labels such as Sublime Frequencies (USA), Unrock (Germany) and Glitterbeat (Germany), and received positive reviews from publications such as Wire, The Guardian and Uncut. Hayvanlar Alemi has most recently released the compilation "15 Golden Adventures" on Shalgam Records (Turkey), which includes a selection for beginners culled from the band's releases between 2008 and 2016. The band's next album "Psychedelia in Times of Turbulence", highlighted by influences of doom and drone metal, is coming out in March 2020 on Subsound Records (Italy).
Hayvanlar Alemi records and tours mostly in a power trio form consisting of Özüm İtez on guitar, Hazar Mutgan on bass, and Işık Sarıhan on drums, occasionally joined by Gökçe Başar on second guitar.