London-based psychedelia revivalists Kit Sebastian cherrypick the sound and aesthetics from multiple '60s and '70s rare record collections, faithfully re-creating an international sound using a combination of lo-fi recording techniques and high-end equipment. French multi-instrumentalist Kit Martin moved to London after writing a handful of tracks; he needed a vocalist and searched social media for a vocalist who could sing in Turkish. Istanbul-born artist Merve Erdem answered the call. Together they wrote lyrics for the tracks in French, Turkish, and English, before sending off a demo to Mr Bongo Records. Initially seeking advice from the label -- which was well-known for re-releasing the type of obscure records that inspired the band -- Mr Bongo was impressed enough to release the demo itself. Decamping to rural France, the duo recorded their debut album, 2019's Mantra Moderne; they chose to record everything live on an eight-track, mixing in the moment, with instruments including tablas, darbukas, balalaikas, ouds, MS20 synths, and Farfisa organs.
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Alternative & Indie - Released July 19, 2019 | Mr Bongo
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Anatolian lo-fi samba, sung in English, French and Turkish! With such a colourful program, Mantra Moderne is poised to be summer 2019’s most iconic album. This indie-world soundtrack is the lovechild of duo Kit Sebastian. Kit Martin, the one-man-bedroom-band, lives between London and Paris, writing and performing the songs on this first album over which his accomplice Merve Erdem lays her voice. The singer from Istanbul cast her anchor in the British capital. These days it seems unexpected stylistic fusions are all the rage, and Mantra Moderne is the flag bearer for that trend. From Brazilian tropicalism to 60s British pop, and turkish psychedelics to analog electronica, Kit Sebastian like to sift through 20th century music just as Stereolab, Broadcast and Khruangbin did before them. Their cabinet of curiosities includes acoustic and analog instruments, tablas, darbukas, a balalaïka, an oud, a Korg MS-20 and a Farfisa organ. The pair crafts a deliciously minimalistic symphony. It’s mischievous, and oh-so-sixties: The most exotic Qobuzissime of the year! © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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