RIYL: Khruangbin / Selda Bağcan / Erkin Koray / 70's Chase scores and funky library music

Label: Piano Piano

If you’re into grooves w/ a psychedelic vibe, look no further!

The mysterious Sven Wunder serves up a bouquet of eastern influenced TIGHT grooves with a psychedelic flavour. Some of the heaviest stuff I’ve stumbled upon in years, a true gem for fans of the funked up side of the spectrum! Incredibly snappy beats, basslines to tickle ur tummy, spaced/phazed out organs’n synths, and right in the middle some sublime Turkish Saz to spice it all up. Hits World freeks, Hip Hop headz n psych peeps alike, and got grooves moving like a well-oiled machinery that could easily score the most intense chase in The Streets of San Francisco or any 70’s detective show at that.. This thing is so genuine it makes Khruangbin sound like Milli Vanilli!

Initially released by the new Swedish label Piano Piano for the EU market last year under the title “Doğu Çiçekleri”, and already prior to launch instantly gained momentum within the community through a couple of shared tunes. As a result the initial batch of 300 sold out on preorders alone, and original copies has been steadily selling for 100+ since before the actual release-date..

By demand Piano Piano has pressed up a second batch for the US, and LITA (Light In The Attic) opened up preorders for this yesterday. This 2nd pressing of scarce 300 copies has been renamed “Eastern Flowers”, and is bound to move like hotcakes!

The Details

Sven Wunder
Eastern Flowers
Piano Piano
European Jazz, Funk, Oriental, Turkish
US issue of 2019’s "Doğu Çiçekleri” – Limited edition in 300 copies. This record is produced with financial support from the Swedish Arts Council

This is the first stop on Sven Wunder’s musical journey. Wunder takes the listener somewhere around the easternmost part of the Mediterranean Sea, around the Levantine Sea, where he paints a colourful portrait and illustrates the regions flora through sound. The fruitage is a vivid bouquet where Wunder fuses colours and pigments by using traditional and modern instruments merged with arrangements and melodies that stretches from popular to folk music by portraying tulips, red roses, hibiscus, hyacinths, chamomile, magnolia, daisies etcetera. With both fine and thick brushes are these flowers being pictured in a both modern and classic idiom. The outcome is prismatic. It stands between Anatolian rock and European jazz-funk with ponderous drum patterns, groovy organs, far-out synthesizers, enchanting Saz and impetuous bass lines. Eastern Flowers sweeps through time and space and points towards the future. It could appeal both psych and prog listeners, folk or jazz aficionados and as well the gourmet hip hop connoisseurs.

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