[ Mr Bongo / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 19 July 2019
'Mantra Moderne' is a stunning, contemporary masterpiece that fuses Anatolian Psychedelia, Brazilian Tropicalia, 60's European pop and American jazz. A must for fans of Khruangbin, Portishead, Arthur Verocai, Goat, Caetano Veloso, Tom Zé, Os Mutantes, Cortex and co.
The duo is formed of Kit Martin, who lives between London and France and plays all instruments on the album, and Merve Erdem, vocalist and multi-disciplinary artist from Istanbul, now based in London. This is their debut album.
The album explores universal themes such as love, loss, decay, language and ideology, mixing three different languages: English, Turkish and French. Written and recorded by the duo - Kit composed all the songs and Merve wrote the lyrics - in rural France during 2018, each song was completed within a 12-hour window, pawning contemplation for spontaneity.
"Assured debut" Mojo ★★★★
"A gorgeous and uplifting debut" Q ★★★★
"Dreamy, acid drenched, psych-pop for 2019 via 1965" DJ Mag
"A stunning debut" Shindig
"A record of superb quality...very special indeed" Ransom Note
"Serious tip!" Rough Trade
"An incredibly strong debut. Thoroughly recommended." Louder Than War
1. Senden Başka
2. Mantra Moderne
3. Tyranny 20
6. Yanımda Kal
7. Yürüdüm, Büyüdüm, Çürüdüm
8. With A Sense Of Grace