Lalalar – En K​ö​tü Iyi Olur

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En K​ö​tü Iyi Olur is more than just an album, it is a sonic experience that alters not only the listeners mind, but their concept of how varied and experimental an album can be. The album’s strong Middle Eastern influences shape its unique sound, energy and essence, further expanding upon its already unique charm. Joining these elements are folk, electronic, psychedelic rock, funk, hip hop and far more. Overall I can’t recommend this album strongly enough, it’s just so good that everyone should listen to it at least once. Regardless of what style of music you enjoy there should be a little something for everyone here.

Artist: Lalalar
Album: En K​ö​tü Iyi Olur
Label: Les Disques Bongo Joe
Release Date: September 8, 2023
Location: Istanbul, Turkiye

Written by James Sweetlove

En K​ö​tü Iyi Olur is more than just an album, it is a sonic experience that alters not only the listeners mind, but their concept of how varied and experimental an album can be. The album’s strong Middle Eastern influences shape its unique sound, energy and essence, further expanding upon its already unique charm. Joining these elements are folk, electronic, psychedelic rock, funk, hip hop and far more.

From the get go the listener is treated to a wide array of expertly performed and arranged Middle Eastern instrumentation and melodies. Tied in with this in equal measure are captivating electronic elements ranging from catchy dance worthy beats and rhythms to heavy pulsing bass. Floating over the top of this are the album’s vocals which are almost as captivating as its musical elements. They have an almost mysterious tone and sound to them, coming across as almost mystical in nature. This mystical effect is amplified by the exotic nature of the instrumentation (at least to me as a cultural outsider).

There’s a huge amount of variety on the album, with some tracks being more atmosphere heavy and psychedelic in nature, but others are clearly on the catchier side and are more groove heavy. The band strikes a perfect balance between the two throughout the release, which helps to keep things exciting. You’ll even find some elements of hip hop on the album, an element that will likely catch you as off guard as it did me. It isn’t just the variety that makes the album so powerful, it’s also the expert songwriting and arrangement. The bad possess a real mastery of texturing and layering that many bands aim for but fall flat or overdo.

For me the band have managed to refine their sound since their previous release Bi Cinnete Bakar (read our review HERE) and take things in a slightly different direction. Their level of groove is still there but has been reigned in to focus more on spacey psychedelic textures and rhythms. I can’t really say which album I prefer, as I love both for different reasons, maybe time will tell as I give this repeat listens and return to their previous offering.

I had a bit of a personal experience when I first heard this album. I was about to board an overnight flight and took an edible to ensure that I slept (as I struggle to sleep on flights). Right as it hit me and they dimmed the cabin lights, I put this album on. I kept my eyes shut and listened to this album in full and let me tell you, it was one hell of an experience, one that led me right into a deep and vivid sleep, with more than a few memorable dreams. This leads me back to my opening statement that this album truly is an experience.

Overall I can’t recommend this album strongly enough, it’s just so good that everyone should listen to it at least once. Regardless of what style of music you enjoy there should be a little something for everyone here.

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