TANER ÖNGÜR & 43,75
FORGOTTEN SONGS OF ISTANBUL REVIVE WITH
THE GENUINE SWING PSYCH APPROACH BY TANER ÖNGÜR,
THE LEGENDARY BASS PLAYER OF MOĞOLLAR,
BAPTIST OF "ANADOLU POP" GENRE.
Taner Öngür, the legendary bass player of iconic Turkish-folk-psych band Moğollar, enjoys discovering hidden corners of turkish music tradition. In 2017, he focused on Istanbul's early 20th century and melt oldies into his genuine and sincere swing-rocknroll sound: “Elektrik Gramofon. The album have received great feedback by large audiences and caught attention of vinyl collectors with its limited editions of 250 copies sold out in 2 days (as well as its second edition of another 250).
As being the baptist of “Anadolu Pop” music movement -title recognized as a new genre, mixing turkish-folk x beat generation's popular music in 1960s and 1970s- Taner Öngür dived back in old turkish folk songs and "psyched them" to produce another album: "Sayko Ana".
His third with Tantana Records, Taner Öngür and his band 43,75 jumped into newspaper archives from 1930's to 1960's. Taking picture of old turkish operets, criminal portraits, circus caracters and on the full length "Asri Sada", they invited the listener to a time travel. Its LP included a tabloid newspaper with stories, original news and articles about the songs.
In 2020, the band came out with a total instrumental work "Water Cycle" where they sailed between central asian folk vibes, to psychedelic western hits as well as their genuine swing fields.
Their latest release "3 Derdim Var" had Serap Yağız as vocal guest, a selection of "Anatolian Rock" hits, merging together Öngür's in-time practice with new experimental ideas.
"I always followed old musics. I like the songs from the 1920s and 1930s. I knew it from my father too. As a worker at Bahariye Mensucat, in the 1940s, he wore his dress on Sundays, put on his fedora and went to Charleston, foxtrot "dancing"
For the full interview (in turkihs), click here .
"Various sounds from all around Anatolia are actually heard by the world with 'psychogressive' arrangements. Local and universal go hand in hand. Sayko Ana is both enlightening and educational. Sayko Ana is the perfect shot, dancy and perfect to singalong."
Deniz Ekim Tilif - Kıyı Music.com
Click here to read the entire article (in turkish).
"Like a time tunnel! This is exactly what Öngür wants to do: To take us on a journey through time. While doing this, he surprises, makes us smile, teaches and learns. Taner Öngür is a person who likes to tell us what he knows. That's why I call him "my hero". He is. He is one of the few people from whom I can learn something new every time we talk…"
Murat Meric - Duvar newspaper
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"I had in mind to make an instrumental project called 'Surfin' Marmara'. We thought 'maybe not only surf', so we added some psychedelic touches and jazzy tones and this album was born."
Plak Mecmuası Magazine
For the full interview, click here (in turkish).
"The album was like a bunch of Anatolian rock classics that we chose fondly. It is possible to hear traces of both the experiences I gained during the formation of this style over the years and new experiments in the album." Cumhuriyet Newspaper
For the full interview, click here (in turkish) .