Boomkat Product Review:
Turkish sonic alchemist Cevdet Erek continues the unique rhythmic experimentation of 2017's "Davul" with this latest release, a seismic rattle that echoes Emptyset's "Skin" or Jon Mueller's percussive meditations.
Like its predecessor, "Zincirli" is focused on the hyper specific sonic qualities of Erek's drum. Over almost half an hour, the composer uses his experience in sound design to sculpt an aural picture of the instrument, mapping its shape and the unusual tonal qualities. He plays a rhythm that seems to dip in and out of the sound field, it underpins the entire composition, but the booming sub tones seem to bob and weave between faster taps and scrapes.
It's a record that demands patience, and rewards close listeners with a trance-like meditative state. "Zincrirli" isn't easy going by any means, but it's a remarkable achievement that's struck through with historical weight and an ancient call to arms.