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Boomkat Product Review:
Istanbul's Eylül Deniz drips ferric ambient-jazz textures into Grouper/Julee Cruise dream-pop clouds on her muggy and melancholy debut album.
This one's a bit special - taking cues from Grouper, Mazzy Star, Julee Cruise and Colleen, multidisciplinary artist Deniz creates a chewable sonic universe on "Octopus". WOrked around memories of her childhood, the album's title is a reference to an early obsession with sea life - the songs spring from these regressions like patterns in the dust, assembled from grubby strummed guitar chords and breathy vocals that straddle indie, cabaret and jazz modes. The most obvious reference point is Grouper's "Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill", but Deniz's sounds are more rooted in blitzed Americana and windswept jazz, in places reminiscent of Julee Cruise's "Floating into the Night".
Where Deniz pulls away from her influences is where she allows herself to draw in a variety of production techniques, like on 'Dokun' where she offsets guitar playing with gentle field recordings, or on 'I Don't Know Why I'm Crying Now', where she introduces distant wails as a backing track.