A cool new reissue label, Pharaway Sounds, makes its debut this week with two diverse releases from Iran and Turkey. Zendooni: Funk, Psychedelia and Pop from the Iranian Pre-Revolution Generation is a surreal voyage back to the Golden Age of Persian Pop. A vibrant time when female singers like Nooshafarin, Azita, Pouran or Ramesh appeared in colourful teen mags dressed in full hippie fashion. During the pre-revolution 1970s, Pop artists in Iran ruled the country and Occidental and Middle East mannerisms collided. The result was a new kind of Iranian Pop which incorporated different genres and arrangements to its Persian roots. Such diversity is heard in the touches of Funk, Jazz, Latin, Bossa, Progressive- Psychedelic sounds and Morricone / Blaxploitation styled soundtracks on this collection. With audio remastered from miraculously survived vinyl and cassettes, Zendooni also features a full color insert with photos and notes plus a period jacket printed on 350g paper. CD version comes with a booklet and one bonus track. Both CD and LP versions are out tomorrow! Pick them up here.
Also out tomorrow from Pharaway Sounds, mega rare recordings of the Turkish band Bunalim (Turkish for “Depression”). True legends from the Anatolian Rock scene, they were known as the wildest and crudest band, sporting heavy John Bonham-style drum fills, sinister Sabbath guitar riffs, and piercing organ soundscapes. This LP-only release collects their singles released circa 1970-1972. Remastered sound, insert with liner notes and pictures. You can order the LP here.