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.
Tomorrow sees the release of their new LP, Psychedelia in Time of Turbulence, on Subsound Records and BSM is honoured to bring the premiere.
In the spring of 2017, Hayvanlar Alemi closed themselves in a studio in a small Italian town for a few days and recorded material for multiple future releases. Psychedelia in Times of Turbulence includes the heavier compositions that came out of these sessions, and marks a further stage in the band’s 20 year history with a more layered production and an emphasis on slower, progressive compositions that carry elements from drone metal, stoner rock and psychedelic doom, while subtly preserving the overtones of the band’s brand of globally-informed folkloric psych rock.
When asked about the record the band said that “this album presents the side of Hayvanlar Alemi which tends towards the darker without losing the colors, and tends towards the sombre without losing the vitality, with songs that surrender to gravity but refuse to touch the ground.”