Dede, Mercan / Nefes
Album: Nefes   Collection:World
Artist:Dede, Mercan   Added:Oct 2006

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Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2006-11-02
Dede, Mercan – Nefes (Doublemoon)
Reviewed by Sadie O., 11/2/06
Fusion of traditional Turkish instrumentation and electronica. Should appeal to a spectrum of interests from World to Dance/electronic to experimental. Although now living in Canada, Dede is extremely popular in Turkey. Guided by Sufism, he is consciously trying to create a global connection and awareness through music. It’s beautiful stuff and rewards a good listen, but you’re gonna have to be relaxed to get into it. All sounds fairly similar, so start anywhere.
Few vocals, no FCCs. Most tracks end just a few seconds shy.
FOUR STARS ON EVERYTHING, although I most like tracks 5, 7, 10, 12, 14
1. 5:22 faint ethereal noises for a few seconds, then solo violin, other instruments added, slow mysterious groove starts a minute in. Some lyric-less vocals. Some of it is like an Indian raga combined with dance/trance.
2. 5:12 slow, lovely female vocals, handdrums and instruments that float around exotically. Everything builds throughout the song.
3. 5:09 handdrums, ney (horn) and whispers, downbeat and either a bit melancholy or meditational. Music winds down and you can hear a heartbeat…
4. 4:07 trance-y and beatless, ney, echos and drones. Midtempo handdrums after a minute and a half, then there’s a lovely traditional-based tune.
5. 3:55 big random drumbeats and bits of traditional instruments, then drums quit and there’s a slow bass-driven shuffle with lots of interesting sounds going on. Oooh, the big drums are back!
6. 3:50 random sounds, including a variety of vocals including male singing that sounds like Islamic call to prayer. Very slow, no beat, trance-y.
7. 4:23 cool somewhat uptempo beat, whispers, slithery but you can dance to it!
8. 5:04 odd bits of vocals, drones, flutes. Slow beat starts 2 minutes in, stops about 45 seconds from end.
9. 3:01 waves and tweets and random instruments, beat builds out of bits. Some human beat box, of sorts, actual beat around 1:30 along.
10. 4:53 midtempo, rather funky beat, lots of electronics as well as trad instruments. Pretty. Nice energy, hand drums.
11. 3:58 harp sounds, slow Arabesque groove starts about a minute in. Where’s my hookah?
12. 4:51 ney and drones, floating through the minarets, fun electronic beat starts a minute and a half in, very cool sound, very relaxed.
13. 4:35 electronic vocals in undecipherable English, nice midtempo groove 1 minute in. Male singing in Turkish, very traditional.
14. 6:27 bowed instrument and drone, building to extremely slow but fun exotic groove with layers of interesting sounds, female vocals. Seductively scary.
15. 8:53 heartbeat, breathing and drones, then ney, other instruments gradually build, then fade to breathing and heartbeat. Ends at 4:46 remaining, starts a new song at 3:47 remaining with some street noises and ney, some flutes, no beat.

Track Listing
1. Hininga   8. Engewal
2. Dem   9. Breath
3. Ginhawa   10. Huxi
4. Samana   11. Halitus
5. Huo   12. Souffle
6. Zefir   13. Atman
7. Napas   14. Behin
  15. Moya Alitu