Derdiyoklar Iklisi – “Coban Mamos” | Pharaway Sounds | Turkish Disco Folk


Turkish Bar or Bengi folk dancing requires approximately 100 people to do properly, and it helps if a lot of them are eating wedding cake. You put your arms around the shoulders of the people on either side of you, and then stomp around in a circle, facing in and kicking the air, until everybody is exhausted and happy. Far away from any folklore festivals, Derdiyoklar hand-built the soundtrack to this dancing as it was drunkenly executed by luckless German-Turkish immigrants in the fashion-insensitive 80s. And though the band had only two members, they decided electric saz, synthesized drums, cimbalom, and sheep sound effects were all needed to get the job done. Who could argue? Derdiyoklar Iklisi’s Coban Mamos is a tinkly and psychoactive album, full of uniquely odd overdubs and buzzy, flanged-out guitar solos. This first ever reissue from Pharaway Sounds is taken from the original mastertapes and is pressed on 180 gram vinyl. The albums also includes an insert with in-depth liner notes.