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Boomkat Product Review:
Dusty, childlike and innocent near-hauntology that perches awkwardly between Panda Bear, Virginia Astley and an Oliver Postgate soundtrack.
Glasgow-based Turkish producer Isik Kural came up with the ides for "in february" in 2019, when he was visiting Istanbul. He stopped by the Babajim Recording Studio for a session and began to play a piano, and it inspired him to start looping the melodies that open the album on 'pillow of a thought'. Distorted through a haze of tape saturation and echo, it takes on a hazy characteristic, sounding as if it was recorded decades ago - like Virginia Astley's iconic 'In Gardens Where We Feel Secure' dubbed to reel-to-reel by William Basinski. It's across this base that Kural sings with a childlike hesitance, preventing the track from becoming too self-serious.
The balance between experimental touches and childish playfulness sits at the core of 'in february', from the stop-start Oliver Postgate string rattle of 'simdi iki' through the gentle hum of 'paperhat', to the church on a Sunday organ and musicbox fuzz of the memorable 'pineapples and lime'. Vocalist spefy spices up single 'coral gables' with her jazzy tones, and re-appears on the cascading 'yeniden' and 'berceuse', the album's most disarming track.