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Striking debut from Jtamul, a Turkish artist expressing themselves in a post-Arca style sonic vocabulary of curdled, bittersweet dissonance, Sote-like harmonic convolutions, and Holly Herndon-alike vocal processing, on Lara-Rix Martin’s excellent Objects Limited.
“It’s 2019 and we are on the verge of great change, unease and turbulent futures. 2019 sounds like the future doesn’t it? It’s the year we would have quoted for a sci-fi. Objects Limited have found some music perfect for these times. Let’s introduce Jtamul, a 21-year-old linguistics student and producer who grew up among the woods of North-East Turkey. ‘Lubuni’ reflects those solitudes of being in natural surroundings and of going against societal norms.
‘Lubun’ means queer person in Lubunca, a secret slang that has been used by the LGBTQ community in Turkey. “‘Lubuni’ is the name of that solarpunk fairy princette I’m trying to portray in the EP. I’m trying to open up a virtual space for myself to portray the being I always dreamed to be. A portrayal of myself as a digital fairy princette, who is showing off their vulnerable and tender side as an escape from the strict norms and forms of society that I live in at the time.”
Jtamul has brought the future and it is an ocean of tongues, a sweet cacophony of incidental human noises lulling you somewhere into the dreamscape. ’Tsiqvi’ opens ‘Lubuni’ with a throat clearing choir and gentle synth lines swoon the listener, leading into “Bulanik” a track that conjures up imagery of an android learning human speech.”