Gaye Su Akyol

“Su Akyol’s voice is light but elegant, and her songs are by turns urgent, sultry and romantic and politically barbed. The new sound of Istanbul.” -- The Observer

Gaye Su Akyol has established herself as one of Turkey’s most compelling young voices and most exhilarating sonic explorers. Her work as a singer-songwriter, producer and audio/visual conceptualist, simultaneously navigates the storied past, the hyper-connected present and the unscripted future. Her new album "İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir" (Constant Fantasy is Reality) is her second for Glitterbeat and her most visceral, widescreen and galvanizing album to date.

“Istikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir,” which translates as “Consistent Fantasy is Reality,” is a deeply poetic album; an album of personalized politics, an album that digs into the heart our contentious, inexplicable contemporary experience. Never blinking. Always dreaming. Never giving up. Play that song, play the vinyl, Let the storm turn around.

“The Turkish singer Gaye Su Akyol has emerged at the fore of her country’s revitalized music scene... mixes Turkish modes and scales with surf rock, and psychedelia.” -- Pitchfork

"With this album I pursued new sounds in the deep waters of this geography, dug up the manifestation of my experiences, all the music, the people, the pain, the dreams and countries I have heard and was touched by, followed the footsteps of a personal archeology and tried to add my lost territories to these. I was involved in all stages of production, arrangement and recording as co-producer, and in the visual language and graphics of the album as the art director.

This album is in search of the great crisis of existence, the assorted peculiarities that you are subjected to when you refuse to get used to and are alienated by things such as war, or death, a sudden separation forever from a loved one, dreams for instance, the nature of species, what we look for in this weird planet, what we are not able to find, what we call real and what we turn down as dreams.

Dreams keep you awake and it is time to wake up!"
Gaye Su Akyol: Istikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir (Release date: October 26th, 2018)

Gaye Su Akyol: vocals, percussions, electronics / Ali Güçlü Şimşek: electric & acoustic guitar, back vocal / Görkem Karabudak: bass & acoustic guitar, keyboard, electronics, back vocal / Ediz Hafızoğlu: drums




Date Venue Country
15.01.2019 Ljubljana, Cankarjev Dom Slovenia
15.02.2019 Zürich, Moods Switzerland
16.02.2019 Basel, Kaserne Switzerland
05.04.2019 Cully, Jazz Festival Switzerland
07.04.2019 Bonn, Over the Border Germany
12.04.2019 Berlin, Radialsystem Germany
19.04.2019 Brussel, AB Belgium
20.04.2019 Utrecht, Criss Cross Festival Netherlands
20.05.2019 München, Ampere Germany
22.05.2019 Bielefeld, Forum Germany
24.05.2019 Wiesbaden, Schlachthof Germany
25.05.2019 Bremen, Theater Germany
26.05.2019 Helsinki, World Village Finland
27.05.2019 Hamburg, Knust Germany
30.05.2019 Madrid, Conde Duque Cultural Center Spain
07.06.2019 Antwerp, De Roma Belgium
08.06.2019 Leuven, Wereeldfeest Belgium
13.06.2019 Toulouse, Rio Loco France
15.06.2019 Martigny, 5 Continents Festival Switzerland
16.06.2019 Pennabilli, Artisti in Piazzi Italy
18.06.2019 Essen, Cosmo Radio Show Germany
20.06.2019 Ashdod, Meditarne Festival Israel
28.06.2019 Gent, Copacabana Festival Belgium
29.06.2019 Wanroj, Mandala Festival Netherlands
06.07.2019 Roskilde, Festival Denmark
19.07.2019 Gdynia, Globaltica Poland
24.07.2019 Nyon, Paleo Festival Switzerland
25.07.2019 Cartagena, Mar de Musica Spain
31.07.2019 Ozora, Festival Hungary
01.08.2019 Darmstadt, Centralstation Germany
02.08.2019 Würzburg, Hafensommer Germany
03.08.2019 Jena, Kulturarena Germany
15.08.2019 Irpino, Ariano Folk Festival Italy
16.08.2019 Yverdon les Bains, Le Castrum Switzerland
31.08.2019 Brussels, Forrest Sounds Belgium
05.09.2019 Stockholm, Fasching Sweden
07.09.2019 Tiveden, Electric Moon Festival Sweden
21.09.2019 Barcelona, La Mece Spain
20.10.2019 Ludwigshafen, Theater am Pfalzbau Germany

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